ITAT HD: Introducing Jr. RB Eddie Culpepper

Eddie Culpepper from Callaway High School has one offer as a junior and is hoping for more as he breaks out onto the scene.

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Hogansville, Ga. – With Tez Parks at quarterback and Terry Godwin at receiver, it's easy to overlook Callaway's running back Eddie Culpepper.

Culpepper's name has flown under the radar thus far, midway through his junior season. However, he does hold one offer and several big-time schools were looking at him during the spring evaluation period. He's a physical down-hill runner and brings the same intensity on the defensive side of the ball.

"I've got an offer from Georgia State so far," Culpepper said. "I've been getting looked at through spring training by Clemson, Auburn and a lot of colleges that walk through here and see. There are a lot more like Mississippi State.

"I'm a running back all the way at the next level," he explained, "but they try to get me in on both sides. Whichever position I just really want to work I can choose either side. It's hard to choose because I grew up being a running back."

Culpepper is a tough, physical player on defense, but watching him with the ball in his hands it's hard to believe he won't be a running back at the next level.

"He's got great work ethic," head coach Pete Wiggins said, "and he has started for us since he was a freshman – just like Terry Godwin, just like Tez Parks. He's just a big-time play-maker. He runs behind our blocks really well. On defense he's very physical and runs to the ball."

At 6-1 and 200, and being part of the triple option with Parks and fullback Devon Rosser, Culpepper is a tough back to stop in the Callaway offense.

Callaway has scored easy win the last two weeks versus Jackson and Chapel Hill. Against Jackson Culpepper found the end zone twice running the ball and caused a fumble on defense.

"With Tez we ran the option to the left," Culpepper said of his first score. "Tez read it good with D-Ross (Rosser) at the mesh. When he pitched it to me I saw nothing but green. I was just seeing touchdown all in my eyes."

On the second score, Culpepper said, "It was just my lineman doing a great job of blocking. When I went through the hole it was just wide-open daylight. I just had to put a move on the safety to get into the end zone."

While Godwin is a junior with five-stars next to his name, another class of 2015 player who could blossom into a solid prospect is defensive lineman Lorenzo Patterson.

"Lorenzo Patterson on the defensive line has a lot of speed at 210 pounds," Wiggins said. "He gives offenses problems."

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