MADISON - No matter how many high-profile targets with multiple stars attached to their name come to Wisconsin’s high school camps, there’s always one under-the-radar prospect that comes in with little fanfare and earns himself a scholarship offer.
Proviso West (Ill.) HS athlete Rhashaun Epting could fit that billing this season, as the 6-3, 220-pound athlete feels he has put himself in great position to earn an offer after working out only during the morning session of Wisconsin’s one-day camp Sunday.
“I think I performed pretty well,” Epting told BadgerNation. “I do believe I could get an offer. Even if it wasn’t at outside linebacker, they can move me around because I can play multiple positions. That’s why I am pretty sure I can get an offer from Wisconsin, as well as other schools, too.”
Epting’s athleticism is his biggest trait. Playing quarterback with the ability to run the option, Epting also plays a little bit of wide receiver, defensive end and outside linebacker. He worked primary at outside linebacker for UW, where most schools are recruiting him at.
“I think I covered pretty well on the one-on-ones, and I also think I did the drills pretty well,” said Epting. “I think I paid attention pretty well. They really liked me. They liked my length, my quickness in coverage and my speed closing in on the ball. I think they really do like me. This is a big step in the process.
“They really liked my film, but they just wanted to see me in camp to see me move around in front of them. I should be hearing good news from them in a few days.”
Wisconsin started recruiting Epting during the spring evaluation period, which included Turner stopping by Proviso West to talk to Epting’s head coach. That would have been an unlikely scenario a couple months prior had Epting not transferred from Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep in Elmhurst, Ill., in January in order to get noticed more at the bigger school.
“I thought it would be best for me to transfer to play in one of the best conferences in Illinois and that it would be a better transition into college,” said Epting. “I do think (transferring) has helped (my recruitment) a lot. Coach (Famous) Hulbert played at the college level at Illinois, and he knows what he’s talking about. My coaches at Immaculate Conception played Division 3 football and don’t have the same connections as Coach Hulbert. A lot of coaches trust Coach Hulbert, and so does my family and I. He’s been pushing me a lot because he knows I have chances that not a lot of kids get.”
Also considered one of the upper end basketball players in the state, getting recruiting looks from DePaul and Illinois-Chicago, Epting is sticking to the gridiron, where he has picked up offers from North Dakota, Toledo and Western Michigan.
“I use to think basketball was my sport, and if I really put my mind to it I could play basketball at the highest level in college, but I think for long turn football is my ticket,” said Epting. “I think I could go really far in football.”
Running around a 4.65 40-yard dash, Epting believes with his frame and athleticism that he can make an impact anywhere he’s placed on the field. He’ll find out this week if he has a chance to do so for the Badgers.
“I think my biggest strength is athleticism and just making plays,” said Epting. “I can strike down the fastest guy on the field or go against the biggest lineman on the field or go up and catch the ball against one of the best defenders. You could put me anywhere, and I feel I can make the team better. That’s what I believe. Many players can’t do that.”