Sammie Epps is a Rebel again.
Sammie Epps signs autographs at the Offense-Defense All-American Game played earlier this month in Orlando, Fla.
And he’s quick to say he was never really anything else.
“Ole Miss always believed in me and they were my very first offer,” Epps said Saturday night. “It was always my dream school.”
The 6-3, 210-pound, 3-star tight end out of Greenwood (Miss.) High School picked up the phone and called Ole Miss assistant coach Derrick Nix on Saturday evening to re-commit to the Rebels. It ended a nearly month-long purgatory in Epps’ recruiting. He de-committed from Ole Miss on Dec. 22, just three days after being offered by Mississippi State.
“I’ve always been a Rebel, I just wanted to experience other colleges and the recruitment process,” Epps said. “I thought that was the right way to do it.”
Epps planned to take an official visit to Mississippi State this weekend, but as the date approached it became evident to him that it was not in the cards.
“I never heard from them after they offered me,” Epps said. “I tried to call them several times.”
Epps said Ole Miss remained understanding throughout the period of his de-commitment.
“They just asked me if I was sure. They told me it was my choice and to handle it the best I could,” Epps said.
Epps was named the MVP of the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game played in December. Photo by Chris Brooks, Mississippi Gridiron
Epps said he was welcomed back with open arms by Nix, who has been recruiting him for a few years.
“I picked up the phone tonight, called Coach Nix, and he was excited. He told me he had a good feeling I was coming back. It’s still the same with Ole Miss. It’s still family,” he said.
Nix had visited Epps on Thursday in Greenwood.
So if any other offers come his way prior to National Signing Day?
“I’m done,” Epps deadpanned.
Epps said he will take his official visit to Ole Miss on Jan. 24. He is rated as the No. 17 tight end prospect in the nation per the 247Sports Composite.