Penn State Nike: Dedrick Epps and Jeremiha Hunter

Two more attendees at the Penn State Nike Combine of great interest to Michigan fans: Virginia TE Dedrick Epps and Penn. LB Jeremiha Hunter. One had an impressive combine performance, and one, nursing a troubling injury, had to be satisfied just to watch.

First tight end Dedrick Epps from Huguenot High School in Richmond, Va. (David Terrel's alma mater).

Epps is a sleek looking tight end, reminiscent a bit of U-M's entering freshman Chris McLaurin -- except Epps is a little taller, a little bigger and a little faster.

He measured 6-4, 230 pounds, and, he told us had 40 yard dash runs of "4.5 and 4.6 seconds." Like McLaurin he is a bit 'raw' as a prospect, putting up, as he told us, "... just 15 bench press repetitions ... I play baseball in the spring instead of lifting weights."

As a receiver, Epps was excellent: fast, smooth, strong looking, with soft hands. As he develops in college he should be a fine player.

Ten days ago Epps told GoBlueWolverine that, "Coach Carr told me I had an offer to play for Michigan; I accepted the offer" ... however he didn't consider that a Wolverine commitment yet.

So when might Epps make it back to Michigan and perhaps make the 'acceptance' a "commitment"? We spoke to the polite, articulate Epps several times briefly during the day, and he told us, "I'll be attending the Michigan Camp in June. My coach has been going to U-M Camp and I'll be coming with him."


Jeremiha Hunter

Linebacker Jeremiha Hunter from Manheim, Penn., Central attended the combine, but didn't 'dress' or perform at all. Why? His broken right arm suffered at the end of the 2004 season has not healed properly. The arm is crooked and still looks swollen, and Hunter told us, "I'm having surgery on it in a week. They'll have to rebreak it and reset it."

Consequently, Hunter did not perform at the combine at all. When we first spoke to him as he arrived he said he'd do a 40 time and a shuttle, but later he told us he'd been advised not to risk the arm at all.

As Michigan fans recall, Hunter attended the Michigan Camp in 2004 and was offered a scholarship. And at the Jan. '05 US Army Combine he told is that Michigan was his leader. Is that still the case?

"I think so," he told us. "Think so? It's Michigan," his mother, standing at his side, emphasized as she gave Jeremiha the 'mother look'.

Also promising is that Hunter is growing. He looks to have grown an inch to 6-2+ and gained 10-15 pounds (of muscle) to 210-215 pounds. As a Wolverine he would remind fans of a combo of a bigger Ian Gold (or a faster Dhani Jones), a true WILL LB with size.


GBW took lots of photos during the day, and will put them up in the next day or so (because weather moved the combine into PSU's indoor facility the lighting was poor for photography {the same thing happened at the Virginia Tech Nike}, but we will print those that came out fairly well).

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