Published on March 8th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Irmo native Rex Epps joins the ranks of All-Americans
Pictured: Reggie Epps, Rex Epps and Tammie Epp.
Irmo, South Carolina—Rex Epps, West Point Army Men’s soccer forward and Irmo, South Carolina native, has been named a Freshman All-American by College Soccer News. Epps was one of 35 freshman nationally from the NCAA Division I ranks to be honored by College Soccer News. In his first season at Army West Point, Epps scored 11 goals to tie for first in the Patriot League. Epps started in all 19 Army West Point matches and racked up 1,398 minutes for the season. He also led the Patriot League with five game-winning goals.
Other accolades given to Epps during his inaugural Army West Point season include NSCAA All-Northeast Region second team, All-Patriot League third team following the regular season and Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors twice during the campaign. He also received the coveted West Point Army AAA Athlete of the Week twice during the season. At the West Point Army Men’s annual soccer banquet, he was recently awarded the Francis “Scotty” Adams Offensive Player of the Year award.
Epps was highly recruited out of Dutch Fork High School including being ranked 93rd in the IMG Top 150 Players for the Class of 2015. He chose Army West Point after meeting his coach Russell Payne and visiting the campus. Epps said, “It was really the cadets who sold me on the school. They treated me like a brother from day one. I wanted to play Division I soccer but I also wanted to be part of something that was bigger than me. Army West Point gave that chance.” Epps is majoring in Management with a focus on Systems and Decision Science.
Epps is the son of Tammie and Reggie Epps of Irmo, South Carolina. Epps’ mom, Tammie has always said that she believed that Rex had a gift for the game. “Rex hit the soccer field at age 3 and it was apparent pretty quickly that he had a knack for the game. What we soon realized as he navigated through teams was that it was really a divine gift from God. A gift that has taken him and us across this nation to every kind of soccer field imaginable. We are thankful now that this gift has afforded him the opportunity to call himself an All-American.”
Epps comes from a family of athletes. His father played football at Newberry College and his uncle Steve Coleman played basketball at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. There are other athletes at the college level including Steve’s sons, Jarryd Coleman, who is currently on the basketball team at Lander University and Jordan Coleman, senior at Greenwood High, who has committed to join Epps at Army West Point as a basketball player. Reggie, said, “People used to ask me why Rex didn’t choose football with his athleticism and speed. My response has always been Rex chose soccer and we were just along for the ride. The light in his eyes and the joy he stills gets from playing this game after all these years tells the story.”
Tammie added, “Reggie and I have reinforced with him and told others many times over the years that our job is to cherish and nurture the gift that he has been given. Rex, we are so proud of you! You are using your gift to the glory of God.”
Epps’ grandparents, Frances and Vada Suber, Eugene and Sharon Coleman and Barbara Epps, all live in Newberry, South Carolina where both of his parents grew up.