Epps, who gave up football his first two years of high school to concentrate on basketball, played tight end as a junior but didn't play much for his team. Epps, though, attended Louisville's camp earlier this summer and impressed Charlie Strong's coaching staff enough to earn a scholarship offer as a left tackle.
Now, as his senior season is about to start, Epps has emerged as a three-star prospect at his new position. He's also thinking hard about verballing to the Cardinals.
"I'm thinking about [committing] but I haven't made up my mind yet," Epps said. "Louisville is my leader right now because I have a chance to grow there as a player. I'm still thinking about [committing]. Me and my uncle talk about it all the time. I'll make my decision [in the next couple weeks]."
What does Epps' uncle think about his nephew committing to UofL?
"He likes it because of their academics and he wants me to get a [good] education," Epps said. "He's happy that somebody is going to take the chance that I'm going to grow [into a tackle] and play Division 1 football."
"I call Coach Carter [regularly] and I talk to Coach Borbely," Epps said. "I usually call Coach Carter once a week. Saturday, I talked to all three – Coach Borbely, Coach Carter and Coach Strong. [Coach Strong] asked how my first game went and how many pancakes [blocks] I had. He was in a rush because they were on the field so I didn't get to talk to him for long."
Epps, who measured 6'7, 245 at Louisville's camp, seems to be doing well at left tackle.
"I had four pancakes in our last scrimmage game," Epps reported, noting that the game was called at halftime because of inclement weather. "We ran a touchdown off my side the first play of the game. I'm at left tackle so it's been working out. That's what I played before I stopped playing football my freshman and sophomore year. It wasn't a hard transition."
Though he needs to add weight to play tackle at the BCS level, Epps has a large frame, is a solid athlete and possesses good footwork for an offensive lineman.
"From playing basketball I have good footwork and hand eye coordination," Epps said. "Most of my skills come from basketball. I'm just light. I'm not as heavy as everybody else, but I'm just as strong and quick. I'm just not as big."
Epps' lack of weight obviously isn't a concern to Louisville, who saw him work up close during camp this summer.
"It was real good and I had a lot of fun," Epps said of his experience at Louisville's football camp. "I felt comfortable around him [Borbely] doing drills and stuff. He said he loved my speed and footwork and compared me to [New York Jets offensive tackle] D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who was a left tackle he used to coach. That made me feel really good."
In addition to his offer from Louisville, Epps has offers from UCF, Memphis and Illinois State. He also attended Auburn's camp, and MTSU, South Alabama, Troy and South Florida are monitoring his progress this season. As for an official visit to Louisville, Epps said he plans to wait until the end of his senior season.
"I'm going to try to wait until after the season to take my official visit because we're focused on winning the state championship," Epps said.