One of the young men that Bearcat Insider met during UC's 2005 spring junior day and followed closely throughout the recruiting process was Farmington High School's Tyler Epstein. This 6' 3" linebacker sustained a season ending knee injury during his second game of the season but is presently on the wrestling mat only 15 weeks after reconstructive surgery. Tyler recently beat the #6 ranked heavyweight in the state of Missouri despite weighting only 222 pounds.
Although Tyler excels at wrestling, football will provide his meal ticket in college. Tyler recently committed to N. Iowa after having a number of scholarship offers from other Division IAA schools. However, as signing day gets closer and closer, some Division IA schools continue down their list of needs and try to pluck players from some of the better Division IAA programs. Ohio University called the Epsteins on Monday to inquire about Tyler's status, but Larry Epstein, Tyler's father, seems content with Tyler's college choice. "N. Iowa is a nice school and has facilities as nice as anyone's. We also liked their coaches. Tyler's coach will be Jeremy Gold whose brother (Ian) plays linebacker for the Denver Broncos."
N. Iowa is planning to redshirt Tyler, and Larry Epstein thinks that's probably best for his son after the knee surgery. "They're planning to redshirt him whereas Jacksonville State wasn't. This way he'll have more time during his senior year and won't need to take as many classes."
Everyone is fair game until the letter of intent is signed, but it looks as if Tyler Epstein will take his talents to N. Iowa.