Looking to Beat the Buckeyes Again

The University of Wisconsin had success against then-No.1 Ohio State when the Buckeyes came to Madison in October. Getting one of the Buckeyes wide receiver targets on campus, Frank Epitropoulos, this past weekend, the Badgers are looking for another big victory.

MADISON - There's no denying that the bloodlines on the family tree of Frank Epitropoulos is scarlet and gray colored.

Over 30 years ago, brothers John and Ernie Epitropoulos played for Ohio State, and once Ohio State offered the 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver on March 6, many assumed it would be a foregone conclusion that Frank would be the next in line.

Maybe so, but Epitropoulos isn't paying attention.

"I don't listen to the people outside my family because I am going out there seeing the schools so I don't make a decision I'm going to regret," Epitropoulos told Badger Nation Wednesday night. "Ohio State is one of my top choices, but I want to see what else is available. My dad is pushing me to go to one school or the other. He's going to respect my decision wherever I am going to go, and he's answering my questions and giving good advice."

It's evident that the University of Wisconsin isn't paying attention either. Offering Epitropoulos at the end of February, the three-star wide receiver, after head coach Bret Bielema and recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph visited him at Upper Arlington (Ohio) High, made his way to Madison with his parents Saturday to take in Wisconsin's spring practice.

"Them coming to talk to me personally left a good impression on me and I really enjoyed my visit," Epitropoulos said. "They all treated me really well and I liked all the people there. The facilities were really good, too. It really surprised me how great they treated me and my family."

Epitropoulos did a little bit of everything his junior year, catching 29 passes for 500 yards and five touchdown catches in addition to starting at free safety and averaging over 40 yards per punt. Over the last three recruiting cycles, Wisconsin has put an emphasis on recruiting tall, strong, playmaking receivers to help balance out the offense's power running game. Of the eight committed wide receivers in the last three recruiting cycles, six were over 6-foot-1, and Epitropoulos would fit right into that mix.

"The coaches said that they like the way I play and that they liked my size, too," Epitropoulos said. "That had a big factor in their offer and I really like Wisconsin. If I didn't, I wouldn't have gone up there. I like their program, they have a great program going there and Coach Bielema has them going in the right direction."

Immediately after visiting Wisconsin, Epitropoulos and his family headed out to the West Coast and took an unofficial visit on the campus of Stanford, a different type of atmosphere that struck Epitropoulos in a different way.

"The scenery and temperature were different, but I liked the visit," Epitropoulos said of Stanford. "It was really useful and they also offered me awhile ago, so I told them I would go visit. It's important to see a school before judging it. Stanford is known for its academics and that's really important to me."

Since coming back from Palo Alto, Epitropoulos lists Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford and Wisconsin has his four favorites out of his 12 scholarship offers. Epitropoulos plans to commit before his season starts.

"I've been to all four schools, so me and my family is going to sit down sometime, make a list of the pros and cons and try to make a decision," Epitropoulos said.


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