Name: Lavante Epson
Town: Greenville, Miss
Size: 6-foot-2, 280
Recruitment: Mississippi State (offer), Alabama (offer) and California (offer) lead Memphis (offer) Tennessee (offer) and Ole Miss
Scout.com Ranking: 3-Star - No. 25 OG
Scout.com evaluation: The 280 pound two-way lineman shows light feet and has the ability to simply overpower his opponents at times. At the same time it's hard to get a gauge of his strength due the level of competition, academy ball, he is playing against. However it's easy to see that he has the footwork you are looking for on the next level. Epson has strong hands but needs to work on finishing his blocks. We would also like to see him work on his getting lower in his stance but this looks to be more of a technique problem than the ability to bend. He doesn't look stiff or lacks the ability to bend to stay low.
Epson has gathered quite a few Division 1 offers to this point. It will be fun to watch him compete at the national combines over the next few months.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org