Epps commits to ASU

In an interview to Devils Digest earlier in the week, Raymond Epps said that after a visit to Tempe he could certainly see himself as a member of the Arizona State team. On Saturday afternoon, the Arizona Western College tight end made that a reality pledging to the Sun Devil coaches.

"This is a decision I have been thinking about for a long long time, thinking about it every day" Epps said, "It feels good to make this decision so I can now focus on school. I talked to my father earlier today and he helped me make that decision.

"I wasn't looking for much and everything I was looking for was in my face the whole time with ASU. This is where I want to go. I talked to Coach Long and he was very excited and so was Coach Graham. He (Graham) told me that I missed a good scrimmage today because their tight end did well today."

Epps tweeted out yesterday that he wished he could attend today's scrimmage and the reason was naturally his desire to deliver the news in person.

"I'm and eye-to-eye person and I like to shake hands, get a feel for the people I meet" Epps commented. "So I wanted to do this in-person. But since I'm in San Diego enjoying my spring break I didn't get a chance to but I will definitely go down there (to ASU) again in the spring."

In a previous interview Epps detailed how impressed he was during his visit to Arizona State earlier in spring practice.

"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."

Iowa State, Illinois and South Florida are some of the schools that have recently been pursuing the tight end. Epps is on pace to be a mid-year graduate and is a three for two player in terms of eligibility.

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