There’s only one recruiting class better than Texas’ 2018 class right now, according to 247sports team rankings. Thanks to the commitments of Dominick Wood-Anderson, Keondre Coburn, and most recently, Houston tight end Malcolm Epps, Texas sits behind just one team in the rankings: Tom Herman’s mentor, Urban Meyer, and his historic 2018 recruiting class in Columbus (for those who aren’t aware, Ohio State is on pace to land seven 2018 five stars, and break the record set by Urban Meyer back in 2010 for most composite points). After a lengthy recruitment, Epps finally joining Texas’ class is huge news for Herman and his staff.
— Epps XVIII (@_EppsKid) August 8, 2017
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Epps is the 17th commitment in Texas’ incredible 2018 class, and the second tight end, along with Dominick Wood-Anderson, who committed just over a week ago. He’s part of a very large in-state movement for the Longhorns in this class, as he’s the 12th commitment from Texas, and the second in as many days, as Keondre Coburn also hails from Houston. Five of those 12 Texas recruits hail from Houston, Herman’s former stomping grounds, and one of the fastest growing college football factories in the country.
Epps picked Texas over Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State. He was committed to Alabama for almost a year before decommitting in February, and while Texas A&M was a threat for a while, Texas has been the runaway leader for Epps’ pledge for months now. The biggest person to thank for this commitment may not be Herman, but his tight ends coach, Corby Meekins, who was also responsible for landing Wood-Anderson. Meekins is known as being a great recruiter of the Houston area (brought Ed Oliver to Houston), and did another great job with Epps.
On the field, Tom Herman put it about as well as anyone when surreptitiously describing Epps skill set.
— Coach Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) August 8, 2017
Epps truly is a matchup nightmare, and if it wasn’t for his 6-foot-6 frame, he’d likely be a receiver at the next level, as he certainly has the skills for it. He actually plays receiver for his high school, but he probably isn’t fast enough to do much damage on the outside in college, hence the switch to tight end. He has great hands, and runs very nice routes, which compliments his 2018 tight end counterpart Wood-Anderson very nicely, as Wood-Anderson is a bit more of a bruising, traditional tight end. His ceiling comparison is Richard Rodgers.