Greenville (Miss) lineman makes the call

Lavante Epson out of Washington school in Greenville, Miss., has been ready for a few weeks to pull the trigger. Wednesday night the 6-foot-3, 297 The Class 4A lineman of the year had been leaning Ole Miss' way for a few weeks. Tonight be made the call. "I talked to God, my parents and coaches about it," Epson said. "I have had this in my mind for three weeks. We spoke about it, and I decided to go ahead and commit to the University of Mississippi." His f

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The Class 4A lineman of the year had been leaning Ole Miss' way for a few weeks. Tonight be made the call.

"I talked to God, my parents and coaches about it," Epson said. "I have had this in my mind for three weeks. We spoke about it, and I decided to go ahead and commit to the University of Mississippi."

His father, Lavante Epson Sr, comes from a football background. He shared his advice.

"He played in college and made a living playing football. He has always told me to just go with my heart. That's what I did."

Lavante camped at Ole Miss over the past few days. That sealed the deal.


"I did a lot of one-on-one drills in front of coach (Matt) Luke. He liked what he saw. My dad was very impressed with his coaching. He loved it up there. I didn't get a chance to bring my mother with me, but she coming up there next month with me for a visit."

The phone call to Ole Miss was a pleasant one.

"I called coach (Derrick) Nix about an hour ago. He was filled with joy. He was happy that I'm apart of the family now. He told me how hard I'm going to have to work when I get there. They are bringing in the number one offensive line class in the country. There will be a lot of competition, but I'm up for the task."

The Rebels have loaded up on offensive tackles lately. Epson will fit in at guard.

"That's where they like me. They love my quick feet (ran a 5.1 at Nike Regional) inside and how physical I play inside. They told me that I just dominate people inside."

Why Ole Miss after hosting offers from Tennessee, Alabama, Cal and the likes?

"First of all, it was their academics. They have the number one program in my field, Criminal Justice. I want to become a lawyer one day. And lastly I just loved how much attention they gave me. I'm not saying the other schools didn't show many interest but not like Ole Miss. Coaches Nix and Luke stayed on me everyday. They made me feel like I was really needed."

The intangibles are there as well.

"I measured in at 6-foot-3 1/2, 297. I bench 350 and squat 525 pounds. I ran in the low 5.0's in the forty and can really jump. But most of all they love how I dominate inside. That's what they said they are looking for in an inside guy. All I have to say to everyone is I'm apart of the Ole Miss family. Hotty Toddy."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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