The tight end position is arguably the most critical need for Tom Herman’s 2018 class and the Texas Longhorns got one small step closer towards addressing that need on Easter Sunday with elite Houston Dekaney product Malcolm Epps cutting his list to 10.
Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard pic.twitter.com/z1obCdmvfV— ⚜️ 6️⃣ (@_EppsKid) April 16, 2017
Along with Texas, Epps named Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Rice, Texas A&M, Florida and UCLA as the schools he’ll be taking a closer look at going forward.
A longtime Alabama commit, Epps backed up of his pledge to the national powerhouse at The Opening in Houston in February, though he’s still considering the Crimson Tide. Herman and his staff have since taken full advantage of Epps being back on the market and have made a considerable impression on the elite-in-state target after getting him on campus for Junior Day. In fact, although he just released his Top 10, Epps told Horns247 earlier this month that if he had to name a Top 5, Texas would be in it.
For now, though, Epps is down to 10 schools and he’s taking the recruiting process slowly his second time around. He’s a priority at the position for Texas so if the Longhorns can win in 2017, there’s a good chance Epps will be playing college football in burnt orange.
A four-star prospect, Epps ranks as the nation’s No. 145 player, the No. 7 tight end and No. 19 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.