June 12, 2011
Epitropolous turns in MVP performance
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As one of only two Ohio State verbal commitments at the Buckeye's senior one-day advanced camp on Sunday, Frank Epitropoulos certainly made a statement. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver from Upper Arlington (Ohio) took home the wide receiver MVP for the camp and got a taste of what it will be like to work out at his future stomping grounds.
"I've been coming to practices here for a little bit but to get out there was really fun and it was a good experience," said Epitropoulos. "I thought it was good to come in here and see how coach Drayton coaches and everything and I really enjoyed myself."
Epitropoulos joined Pickerington (Ohio) Central offensive lineman Jacoby Boren as the only two Buckeye verbals at the camp and both turned in great workouts. Despite the recent turmoil surrounding the program, Epitropoulos has never wavered on his decision to be a Buckeye.
"I was a little upset at first because I like coach Tressel and he's the one that recruited me and gave me my offer," he said. "Ohio State is Ohio State though and I'm still a Buckeye."
The recent negative attention has been used as fuel for Epitropoulos both on the field and perhaps even more when it comes to recruiting.
"The committed guys, we're staying together," he said. "We're talking a lot and keeping each other company and everything. We're talking to the recruits that have gotten offers and telling them that it's worth it and that we're going to rebuild and come back from what's happened and show them how to face adversity."
Epitropoulos used the workout at the Ohio State camp to help tune up for his upcoming senior season. Upper Arlington has had two down years in a row and Epitropoulos is determined to prevent a third.
"Our ultimate goal is the state championship," he said. "Right now we're hitting the weight room real hard and we've got conditioning starting up in a little bit but we're going to be pretty good next year. We've got a lot of young guys coming back."
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