4-Star 2018 TE Malcolm Epps Decommits from Alabama

    Four-star 2018 tight end Malcolm Epps has decommitted from Alabama. Can the Crimson Tide get him back in the fold before long?

    February 4, 2017

    Four-star 2018 tight end Malcolm Epps has decommitted from Alabama. Can the Crimson Tide get him back in the fold before long?


    Alabama won the 2017 national recruiting title once again this past Wednesday on National Signing Day, but #crootin never stops in college football.

    And the Crimson Tide will always be the hunted.

    On Saturday, Nick Saban and his staff lost a verbal pledge from Class of 2018 star tight end Malcolm Epps, who has not visited Tuscaloosa since pledging to the Crimson Tide in February 2016. The nation’s No. 6 tight end (according to the 247Sports Composite) from Dekaney High School in Houston, TX, reopened his recruitment but maintains that ‘Bama is still his No. 1 school.

    The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder’s primary recruiter to Alabama was former defensive line coach Bo Davis. When Davis resigned, Billy Napier took over his recruitment. But the wide receivers coach is no longer in Tuscaloosa, so Epps does not have a strong relationship with any current ‘Bama assistant. Epps recently said that Michigan, Florida State, Ohio State and Texas were the schools he communicated with the most.

    Is there still strong enough interest in Epps from the Tide? Saban and his staff signed two tight ends in the Class of 2017 this past Wednesday. Four-star prospect Major Tennison and three-star prospect Kedrick James are headed to Tuscaloosa, and Alabama has shown interest in multiple tight ends in the Class of 2018, including four-star prospects Will Mallory, Tyneil Hopper and Mustapha Muhammad.

    The Tide now have four commitments in the Class of 2018.

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