The 2014 Ole Miss football season is just around the corner. Now that we have hit the 45 day mark until kickoff, we are going to countdown the most valuable Rebel players this season. Their rankings are based on their positions and how much of an impact they will bring to the table. Today on the countdown is…
TE, Greenwood, MS
Bio: Sammie Epps came to Ole Miss as apart of the 2014 signing class. He was rated a 4-star prospect in high school. Scout.com listed Epps as the tenth overall tight end prospect in the nation and the eighth overall prospect in the state of Mississippi. He was rated the No. 10 tight end in the nation by ESPN.com and listed as the nation’s No. 27 tight end and Mississippi’s 10th-best recruit by Rivals.com. Epps would also be listed as No. 8 on The Clarion-Ledger’s Targeted 22 list. He would also be named a first team Class 4A All-State wide receiver by the Mississippi Association of Coaches and second team overall All-State pick by The Clarion-Ledger. Epps was also selected to play in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
2013 Season: In high school, Sammie Epps recorded 46 catches for 808 yards and 11 touchdowns in his senior year. Epps would also play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and was named the Mississippi MVP after catching seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.
The Value: Sammie Epps proved his amazing talent in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. His performance in that game even got other schools like LSU interested in Epps, even after his early commitment to Ole Miss. Epps has great size for his position and his speed and talented hands will be invaluable for the Ole Miss offense. Epps also has a great ability to cause mismatches with defensive backs, making him a down field threat for scoring. When watching Epps perform, he is going to remind you a lot of Evan Engram. He is listed as a tight end on the official Ole Miss roster, and you can already expect Epps to backup Engram in the upcoming season. I expect to see Epps receiving a lot of playing time in his freshman year and making a huge impact.