Epps intrigued by ASU

Arizona State has normally done well recruiting Arizona Western College, one of the premier junior college programs in the region, and thus far is doing very well with another Matador prospect, Raymond Epps. The tight end was offered while visiting ASU two weekends ago and is holding the program in high regard.

"My visit two weeks ago was my first time at Arizona State," Epps said. "It was a pretty good visit. I loved the facilities there, I liked the way the coaches run practice and I like the scheme. I really like the up tempo practice and how they put the tight ends in a lot of different formations. Even in the red zone they let the tight ends run the ball.

"I got my offer when I talked to Coach Long after practice. I really like how he instructs his players in practice and tells them exactly how he wants it done. I liked his aggressiveness when he coaches because that is a great way to learn. He makes you visualize what he wants you to do and that's a great way to learn."

The 6-5 235 Raymond Epps says that he is versatility suits ASU's three-back role which executes many diverse functions, and he also feels that he brings a strong leadership quality to the table.

"I didn't get a lot of playing time as a freshman," Epps said, "there were a lot of talented sophomores I was playing behind. I know I will play a much bigger role this year. I'm very excited about our offense."

Epps who is originally from Indianapolis had to take the junior college route due to grades and advised by his coach to attend Arizona Western in Yuma.

"It's a great school and because it's boring I can stay focused there," Epps described. "There isn't much to do and it's pretty hot so I just focus on school and football.

Iowa State, Illinois and South Florida are some of the schools pursuing him these days, yet ASU remains his lone offer to date. Nonetheless, he feels that those aforementioned schools will follow suit later this month.

"I'm originally from Chicago and I played all around the country," Epps stated. "So there is no specific area that I would like to play in. I do like playing in Arizona.

Epps is on pace to be a mid-year graduate and is a three for two player in terms of eligibility. While this does shorten his recruitment process he would like to familiarize himself with some of his other suitors and potentially make his commitment before the beginning of the season.

"Arizona State is a pretty good school and I'm pretty interested in them," Epps admitted. "Education is very important to me when I choose a school. You always have to have a backup plan. I also want to go to a school that has a lot of tradition."

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