Carson Epps was on his way to Oklahoma City on Sunday afternoon where he planned to meet with his cousin and Iowa State commit Denver Johnson. The two undoubtedly had a lot to talk about after Epps picked up an Iowa State offer Friday night.
Epps, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound receiver from Jenks High (Okla.), has held offers from Eastern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Missouri State and a variety of other smaller schools before the Cyclones came in with their offer Friday. Iowa State had been in contact with Epps since the end of his senior season when both Tommy and Mark Mangino stopped by his school as he was ordering a state championship ring.
“They were telling basically that they’re kind of low on receivers,” Epps told AllCyclones.com. “They think I fit into the program well and I’ll be able to help them, if not next year — I may redshirt — I’ll be able to help them the year after that. Just give them another bigger receiver to throw to.”
And Iowa State has spring boarded to the top of Epps’ list. He will make his official visit this coming weekend when Iowa State hosts ESPN’s GameDay at Hilton Coliseum and expects to make a decision by the end of the following week. The Cyclones are interested in adding one more receiver to the 2015 class.
“Iowa State is at the top of the list. They’re definitely at the top,” Epps said. “Eastern Illinois I picked up last week, Northern Iowa, Missouri State, schools like that, they were at the top but they’re kind of low on the list as far as this Iowa State offer goes. I’m thinking after this Iowa State visit I may be able to start trying to make a decision on where I want to go to school.”
Iowa State is a family affair for Epps and Johnson as an older cousin, Jeremy Reeves, played at Iowa State before eventually spending time in the NFL.
While Iowa State will have a number of receivers next season, its long term depth was somewhat depleted this season when Jauan Wesley was forced into action because of injuries. That is where Epps comes into play. He would likely redshirt, which would allow time to continue to improve his game.
“I definitely see my versatility, being able to play outside and inside receiver, being a big thing for me. I think I have pretty good speed that can help me out at the next level,” Epps said of his skills. “A couple things I want to work on is just making the tougher plays. This year I wasn’t really challenged as far as having to make the sideline one-handed catches and stuff like that.”