January 7, 2009

Epping nets first offer

After a strong performance last weekend during the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Zac Epping became the first Wisconsin player in the class of 2010 to receive a scholarship offer.

Monday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with the 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman from Kenosha to discuss his first scholarship offer.

Well for starters, word on the street is that you received your first scholarship offer. Is that correct?

Epping: Yes, I did. I was at school today (Monday) and I was told that my high school football coach, Coach (Frank) Matrise, was meeting with the coaches from Western Michigan.

It was good to see Coach (Bill) Cubit and Coach (Jake) Moreland. We spoke real briefly. When I was sent back to class I stood up, the coaches shook my hand, then offered me a scholarship.

How does it feel to get that first one (scholarship) out of the way?

Epping: Oh man, it's a big relief. Yeah, it feels good.

You are the first kid from Wisconsin in the 2010 class to receive a scholarship. Has that settled in yet? Or is it a lot to take in at the moment?

Epping: Man, it's a lot to think about still. I just can't believe it happened so early in the process. It's really amazing.

Other than Western Michigan, are you hearing from any other schools?

Epping: Well, right now I'm talking to Ball State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Purdue. That's about it right now.

You mentioned Wisconsin, have they sent you letters?

Epping: Actually, they've talked to Coach Matrise. They want to come up sometime next month and watch me lift weights. So, we'll see what happens.

Do you have anything planned for this summer? Do you plan on attending any camps?

Epping: I'm planning on making it to a lot of camps. Also, I'd like to check out some different campuses. I don't have anything scheduled. It's still really early in the process and I'm just going to play it by ear.

What do you bring to the table when you step out on the football field?

Epping: I play on both sides of the ball, so I feel I'm a pretty athletic player. For my size I feel I have good feet. Also, I'm able to get off the ball faster than other players my age and my size.

You played Middleton in the playoffs this season. From what I understand you played across from future Badger, Ryan Groy. How did you stack-up against one of the best offensive tackle in the state?

Epping: Yeah, I played defensive end that game. I was across from him pretty much the whole game. We had a really good battle. I definitely held my own. The only time I was pushed back was when he had a combo block from his tight end. It was probably one of my best games, too.

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