Epps excited to make ASU pledge official

With a commitment date of April 5th, not many recruits have been Arizona State’s pledges longer than Raymond Epps has. This is why the Arizona Western College tight end was naturally relived to sign and send in his Letter of Intent to the Sun Devils Wednesday morning.

“It was a long time to wait,” Epps admitted. “It was good to finally get it over with.”

One reason why that wait may have seemed even longer than it really was is due to the fact that Epps had to redshirt his sophomore year at Arizona Western because of an early season torn meniscus in his knee.

“Being committed before the injury definitely kept me positive,” Epps said. “As I was rehabbing it was good to know that I had somewhere to go to even if I didn’t get any more offers. I’m 100 percent now so if spring practice was tomorrow I’d be ready. I've been working out for two months now, so I’m ready to go.”

The good news that came out of this injury was that the 6-5, 235-pound tight end was granted a medical redshirt, and now this mid-year transfer will have three years of eligibility when he arrives in Tempe in January 2015.

Epps attended Warren Central High School as well as the same junior college as recent Sun Devils Steffon Martin, Darwin Rogers and Chris Young. Thus, he has a good feel to what he can expect from ASU and his new surroundings there.

“I’m looking forward to getting into the classroom and starting to study for my career now that I got my associates degree,” Epps commented. “I want to study for what I’ll be really doing in my life. I think I’m going to major in Psychology because I like to communicate with others and help them out with their problems.

“I never lived on a Division I campus so that will be a good experience.”

Much like any junior college transfer, the exception from Epps is to be an immediate contributor and the tight end has a good idea as to what are some of the keys for his successful transition to a Division I school.

“I need to get into the weight room more,” Epps said, “bond with the quarterback and really with all the players on the team. That really will help me for the spring (practice). Of course I’m going to work hard to be a starter or at least compete for a starting position. I need to study the playbook so I will be up to date on everything before I even step on campus and that should give me a chance to start.”

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