Aderius Epps, a former Cedar Hill offensive lineman who began his career at Kansas State, has elected to transfer to UNT in the process of joining the Mean Green.
Epps confirmed his plans Tuesday morning. He visited UNT over the weekend.
“The main factor is family,” Epps said of the reason he is transferring. “My sister [Destiny Epps] is on top of the heart transplant list in the Dallas area. She is 25 and has congestive heart failure. I felt like I need to be closer to my family and want to have them be able to come see me play. My family are my biggest fans. I wanted them to be able to see me in action just like they did in high school.”
Epps, who is 6-foot-1 and 311 pounds, spent the 2012 season as a red shirt at Kansas State before playing in two games as a backup last season.
Epps decided to transfer shortly after last season and talked to his high school coaches about his options. He quickly began talking with UNT’s coaches about joining the Mean Green after being released by Kansas State.
UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales recruited Epps and is helping him through the transfer process.
Epps said that he will likely join the Mean Green and begin practicing in the next two weeks. He said that he would file an appeal with the NCAA for immediate eligibility at UNT based on family hardship, but is open to the possibility of sitting out the upcoming season.
UNT plans to play Epps at guard or center. The Mean Green has two preseason All-Conference USA guards in Cyril Lemon and Mason Y’Barbo who are seniors. Center Kaydon Kirby is a sophomore.
Epps could sit out the upcoming season and then compete for a starting job at guard in 2015. He would then have two years of eligibility remaining. SMU transfer Sam Rice is sitting out this season and is also expected to compete for a starting job at guard next season.
UNT began fall practice on Monday. Epps would be getting a late start in terms of competing for playing time if he joined the Mean Green this season.
Epps was four-year letterman at Cedar Hill and was ranked No. 46 on The Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 as a senior.
“I am excited to be back home and be able to display my talents,” Epps said. “It gives me an opportunity with both their guards graduating.”