Upper Arlington’s Epitropoulos On OSU Offer: ‘I was pretty excited…’


Upper Arlington junior WR Frank Epitropoulos.

Bucknuts.com had the story on
Sunday afternoon that Frank Epitropoulos had received a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes at
their junior day. So is Epitropoulos close to committing to OSU or does
he have other visits in mind?

The Buckeyes hosted another junior day on Sunday, and while this one
did not feature as many great prospects
as the one they held on Feb. 28, there were still some outstanding
prospects in attendance including Upper Arlington wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos.

As was reported on Bucknuts.com on Sunday, Epitropoulos came away
from the junior day with a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.

“I went with my parents and my sister,” Epitropoulos said.  “We got a
tour of the Woody Hayes Facility.  I talked to coach (Luke) Fickell in
his office.  I talked to the wide receivers coach in his office.  Then
we moved on to the defensive backs coach, coach (Paul) Haynes in his

“They took me in coach (Jim) Tressel’s office and that’s when he
offered me.  I was pretty excited when he said that.  He said they are recruiting me as an athlete.  He said I
could play safety or wide receiver.  He also said I could get a chance
to punt.”

The 6-foot-3 and 195-pound Epitropoulos is one of the top athletes in
the state of Ohio.  Epitropoulos has been a starter at wide receiver
for the Golden Bears since his sophomore season.  He played wide receiver and free safety
during his junior season and also did his team’s punting.

Epitropoulos caught 29 passes for 500 yards during his junior season. 
He had five touchdowns and scored twice on defense.  Epitropoulos
averaged 42.3 yards per punt and was a second-team All Ohio selection as
a punter.

After talking to the various Ohio State coaches and receiving the scholarship offer from Tressel,
Epitropoulos and his parents went to the Ohio State-Wisconsin basketball
game before heading home.

In addition to Ohio State, Epitropoulos also has offers from
Wisconsin, Purdue, West Virginia, Duke, Kent State, Miami of Ohio and

“I don’t really have a favorite school right now,” Epitropoulos
said.  “I’m still going to visit Wisconsin, probably sometime in April. 
I’m still going to Michigan State on Sunday.”

Epitropoulos’ father John played linebacker for the Buckeyes and his
uncle Ernie was an offensive lineman for the Scarlet and Gray.  And
while Frank said he does not have a favorite school, he said he has
grown up an Ohio State fan.

Bill Kurelic’s Comment: As he has planned, I expect Frank
to visit both Michigan State and Wisconsin, and I would be anything but
surprised if he receives a scholarship offer from the Spartans this
weekend.  But in the end I like the Buckeyes’ chances.

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