Gators Grab Another Jayhawk

The Florida Gators had one of their best players come out of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in safety Reggie Nelson. Nelson turned out to be such a great player at Florida that the Gators decided to dip into one of the top junior college programs again, landing a top JC prospect.

Originally from Union (S.C.) High School Troy Epps, a 6-1, 275-pound defensive tackle, became the newest commitment to the Florida Gators when he announced his intentions on Sunday.

"I committed to the Florida Gators and Coach Hevesy yesterday," Epps said. ""They are a great school with a great defense. They have a lot of positive things going their way right now and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."

"I come off the ball extremely quick, but if I have to, I can also bull rush to get into the backfield," Epps added. "I see the play developing very fast, which allows me to adjust."

Epps was named Junior College Defensive Player of the Week in September after posting 12 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss and a forced fumble that led to the game winning touchdown. Coffeyville defeated Air Force Prep, 51-27.

He may have a chance to do it again after this weekend's performance against Independence when he had four sacks, nine tackles and a fumble recovery. There are very few defensive tackles that are this disruptive on defense.

"I talked to Coach Meyer, and he's extremely excited about me being a Gator," Epps said.

What did Epps want to say to Gator fans?

"I'm an incredibly hard worker, and I'm addicted to winning," he said.

Questions or comments? Contact's Jason Higdon

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