Malcolm Epps, tight end, Spring Dekaney
FYI: 6-5.5/218; 4 stars; No. 191-ranked player in nation, per 247Sports Composite
Fabulous 55 ranking: 14
Committed: August 8
Scouting report: Epps is not yet a three-down tight end. He currently lacks the physicality and bulk to be an effective in-line blocker at the college level. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end prospect does offer a unique blend of athleticism and size rarely found at the prep level. Former basketball players found a path in the NFL trading dunks for touchdown catches. Epps hopes to be ahead of the curve, physically resembling a small forward more than a football player.
Epps is a willing blocker and growth is possible as he gets older and spends time in a college weight program. Epps isn’t an elite recruit because of his blocking skills, however. Epps, a one-time Alabama commit, is wanted by numerous colleges because of the potential matchup nightmares he can create for opposing defensive coordinators.
He’s in no way a finished product and Tom Herman demands a level of physicality that Epps must match to eventually earn playing time. Herman also covets tight ends and offensive weapons who specialize. Epps’ specialty, at least early, will be as a tall, lanky weapon on third down and in the red zone. Epps is too tall for cornerbacks and athletic enough to win against safeties.
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