K-State Commit Aderius Epps Talks Decision

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State picked up commitment #7 when Cedar Hill High School OL- Aderius Epps committed to the Wildcats. The 300 lb Offensive Lineman talks about his decision....

Aderius Epps became the seventh member of the Kansas State Class of 2012 when he accepted a recently extended offer by the Wildcat staff. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman attends Cedar Hill High School in the Dallas area.
"The main fact [on committing] was how fast the coaches were to accept me," Aderius Epps stated. "It reminded of home. Everyone was nice; the people, the players, the coaches. It's a quiet town, but it reminded me a lot of Cedar Hill. It's going to be an honor to play for someone like Coach Snyder. He's flat out a classy man and great to be around. It's been almost dream-like the feeling I had when I committed."

At the time of the commitment, Epss had two offers from Towson State and Arkansas State with TCU and Baylor showing heavy interest. Joe Bob Clements, who recruits the Dallas area for Kansas State, was Epps recruiting coordinator.

"I was with my family in the Big 8 room," Epps said. "I was talking with Coach Clements about the team and the school. He said he was going to pull Coach Snyder in the room. He talked to me about where the program had come and the direction he had for it to go in. Then placed the offer on the table. My Dad and I left to consider it."

Epps, however, didn't get very far from campus before he asked his father to turn the car around and head back to campus.

"I had to go back and commit," Epps said. "I felt like I fit in well there. It's a place that can be a home away from home to me in the years to come. My father agreed with me, and we turned the car around to go find Coach Clements. We found him and then went to see Coach Snyder."

Cedar Hill went 8-4 last season falling to Denton Guyer in the 2nd round of the Texas 5A playoffs. They won their District (5- Region 1) with a 6-1 record. Epps is used to winning and competing for championships at Cedar Hill and expects to do more of the same at K-State.

"With Coach Snyder running the program, they have nowhere to go but up," Epps said. "Playing under Coach Snyder he teaches you to excel on the football field, but prepares you to succeed in life after football. He definitely has the program headed in the right direction, and I can't wait to get on board."

The Longhorns get the ball rolling with a planned scrimmage with Arlington Bowie on August 19th, but face the top-ranked team in the state in Allen in their opener at Ford Field in Dallas on August 27th.

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