Aderius Epps, a former Cedar Hill offensive lineman who began his career at Kansas State, visited UNT on Saturday and said he is seriously considering joining the Mean Green.
Epps was four-year letterman at Cedar Hill and was ranked No. 46 on The Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 as a senior.
Epps spent the 2012 season as a red shirt at Kansas State before playing in two games as a backup last season (here’s his bio from Kansas State.) He has since left Kansas State and is looking to transfer to a school closer to home.
Epps visited UNT with his father, Oscar Epps.
Both indicated that Aderius Epps is on the verge of finalizing his plans to transfer to UNT.
If Epps were to join the Mean Green, he would have to sit out the upcoming season and would then have two years of eligibility remaining.
The scenario could work in UNT’s favor. The Mean Green has three seniors slated to start on its offensive line this season, including preseason All-Conference USA guards Cyril Lemon and Mason Y’Barbo and tackle Antonio Johnson.
SMU transfer Sam Rice will sit out the 2014 season as a transfer and is expected to play a key role with the Mean Green once he becomes eligible in 2015. Rice will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014 campaign.
Adding Epps would give UNT another option at guard in 2015.
UNT coach Dan McCarney has emphasized building depth in the Mean Green’s offensive and defensive lines throughout his tenure. Adding Epps would improve UNT’s depth and give the Mean Green another veteran lineman to add to a host of players who will be in the early stages on their careers in 2015. High school offensive linemen Abdul Beecham of Converse Judson, Cody Wheeler of Allen and Chett Munden of Marshall have all committed to sign with UNT as part of its 2015 recruiting class.
Epps emerged as a top player in the Dallas area at Cedar Hill under Joey McGuire and was a first team all-district selection as a senior, when he finished third at the regional power lifting meet and served as a captain of the basketball team. He was a three-star recruit coming out of Cedar Hill.
Stay tuned to the blog more on the Epps situation.