Epps Thinks Future Football

2016 recruit Jaquan Epps is awaiting his first offer, IES spoke with him about what an ECU offer would mean for him and more.

East Carolina has been well known to bring in high quality high school players who haven’t been recruited by larger schools. Senior Jaquan Epps could be on that future path, without an official offer, Epps is beginning to weigh out all of his options.

While the offers haven’t started to roll in as the defensive back from Blythewood High School (SC) as he would like, he has hopes that with his senior season starting up, his recruiting process will pick up. So far Epps in conversation with The Citadel, Samford, Limestone, College of Charlestown and ECU. The process hasn’t gone as Epps would like but he realizes that everything takes time.

“To be honest it’s really hard,” Epps said. “It’s less then what I want it to be but I believe it’ll get there. A scholarship would mean everything to me, it would be the first one to set the tone, it could be the school I commit too, and it may not be. I just know it would mean everything to me, plus it’s my senior year now.”

At 6-foot, 175-pounds Epps has the ability to play multiple positions at any of the defensive back positions. The knowledge and experience of being able to play more than one single position is just one of the skills Epps believes he brings to the table.

“Some of my skills are getting to the ball, breaking on the ball and making plays when I need too,” Epps explained. “I’m a good special team’s man on both sides of the kickoff. I mostly play linebacker though so I’m good in different coverages, pass and run.”

Epps has not been to visit ECU yet, however he is beginning to form relationships with the coaching staff. One key part of recruitment that Epps noted was sending highlight reels in so that the coaches can see what he can do on the field. Epps also hopes to take a visit to ECU sometime this year.

While an ECU offer is not currently on the table, another option that Epps has begun to think about is the possibility of walking onto a collegiate team. The senior said that it would be something that he looked into and if that was a top option, even if other schools were to offer, he would have to choose the best fit.

“It wouldn’t be an easy process to decide to walk on but if it is my top option then it could be it,” Epps said.

To find that best fit, Epps has put together a list of factors that he will take into account when choosing a final school.

“The factor that I’m most concerned about is my major which is physical therapy,” Epps said. “I would like a school closer to home but if it’s a school offering me a scholarship and it’s further away from home I would consider going to that school.”

The versatile defense back said that his current interest in ECU would rank as a seven or an eight on a ten-point scale.

“I’m interested in all schools that have football” Epps explained. “I just want to keep playing the game I love. The opportunity means a lot to me, it’s another step in the right direction. I’ve been getting my name out there a lot and trying to get an offer.”

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