#60 Western Branch lineman Shane Epps (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Lineman Shane Epps is on the board
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
After another solid game in his senior season, Western Branch lineman Shane Epps (2020 OT/OG 6-6 300) has landed his first college scholarship offer.
The Bruins gave a valiant effort against Oscar Smith, running the score to 14-14 in the first quarter before the Tigers pulled away and won 56-14.
Epps give his all on the field Friday night. He had also laid the ground work for earning an offer from Division II Virginia Union.
The Panthers play in the CIAA against familiar competition like Chowan, Virginia State, Elizabeth City State and Winston-Salem State. Assistant Coach Diego Ryland has developed a relationship with Epps and is confident that he’ll be a great fit at VUU.
“I’m really blessed to be in this situation with getting my first full scholarship,” Epps said. “They said with my size, I could be a potential starter my freshman year.”
Shane knows a little bit about the school and has even visited at the invitation of Coach Ryland.
“They reached out to me and I came to one of there games. They plan on me playing left tackle,” Epps explained. “I’m extremely grateful to have my first offer.”
Virginia Union University Football has been on a roll lately, finishing the 2018 season with an 8-2 record. The Panthers are already 4-1 for the 2019 season, with their only loss coming against Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC).
Western Branch has surprised a few football observers by winning a few games after going 0-10 last year. The Bruins have a 2-3 record now that we’ve reached the mid-point of the season. They’ll continue their 2019 campaign with a game at Deep Creek (5-0) on Friday night.
– Andy Hilton