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2021 South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps Excited to Develop Relationship With Pitt

2021 South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps Excited to Develop Relationship With Pitt

With their Class of 2020 mostly filled, the Pitt football staff is slowly turning their attention and starting to develop relationships with high school juniors.

Last weekend, a number of the recruits on unofficial visits at Heinz Field were members of the Class of 2021, including a number of players from the WPIAL.

Antonio Epps (5’11”, 170) is a junior defensive back from South Allegheny and he was excited to get the invite and start having meaningful conversations with the Pitt staff.

“I’ve been to a couple Pitt games as a fan but this was first time being there as a recruit,” Epps told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “When I got that text message during the week their was no way I was going to pass on the invitation. As soon as I got it, I texted my parents and told them we definitely have to go and experience it.”

A big moment for Epps was when he walked out of the Pitt tunnel and onto the field. That’s when things started to get real for him.

”That was just a great feeling. Me, my dad and my brother walked through together. There were a whole bunch of people saw us coming out and were asking us for high-fives and stuff. Just getting to go out on the field with other recruits, watching warmups, seeing Pitt alumni, it was such a great thing to experience.”

”When we first arrived at the Pitt facility, we went to the players lounge and their was a lot of other recruits in there. I saw Dorien Ford, Dayon Hayes and a bunch of other local recruits. It was cool to see and have a chance to meet them also.”

Courtesy Antonio Epps

Epps tells PSN that he’s just started to have communication with Pitt and it’s been with their recruiting staff. While the subject of a scholarship hasn’t come up yet, an experience like Saturday is a source of motivation for him.

”Being from a small area like South Allegheny, not  too many expect too many kids to make it out of here and play for a major program like that [Pitt]. Being at the game with all those recruits gave me a sense of motivation and I told myself that I can do this, I have what it takes, I just need to keep working.”

“If I were to receive an offer from Pitt one day, it would mean everything to me. Since I was a young kid, I grew up watching Pitt and they’ve been my dream school.”

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