HOUSTON — Malcolm Epps committed to Alabama just three days after receiving an offer in late February. His recruitment isn’t over just yet, though.
Epps, a 2018 four-star tight end from Dekaney High School (Houston), told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in Houston that he’s currently 70-75 percent committed to Alabama. He knows what it would take for him to back off his pledge to the Crimson Tide.
“If anyone shows my family a better time than what I experienced at Alabama,” Epps said. “If I feel like a school is showing my family more love than Alabama, then I would strongly consider that school.”
It’s going to take an incredible trip for that to happen. When Epps visited Tuscaloosa in February, he committed on the same day. The main reason for that was because of how Alabama’s staff treated his family.
He mentioned how the staff hugged his mother, Michelle, and showered her with love. Alabama also made sure Epps’ younger brother enjoyed himself, too.
“They took care of my family,” Epps said. “They showed my little brother a good time. When my family has fun, I’m going to have fun, too.”
The Crimson Tide’s chances of keeping Epps in their 2018 class are also good because of his relationship with his primary recruiter, defensive line coach Bo Davis.
“He actually worked with my mom a few years back, so he’s known me from a young age,” Epps said. “He’s kind of like a father to me.
“He makes you feel like you’re a son, and I like that. He really makes Alabama feel like a home away from home.”
The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder said there are three schools that could potentially cause him to rethink his commitment to Alabama: Ohio State, Oregon and UCLA.
On Ohio State: “One of my favorite childhood schools. I have a lot of Ohio State gear. I think I have an Ohio State onesie if that tells you anything.”
On Oregon: “It was probably my favorite childhood school. I also love their uniforms.”
On UCLA: “The environment seems great. It’s also California, which is super nice. I also have family there, so that’s a big thing.”
Epps is rated as the nation’s No. 4 tight end in the Class of 2018 and is the No. 10 prospect in the state of Texas.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.