IRMO — Rex Epps, West Point Army men’s soccer forward and Irmo 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 is majoring in Management with a focus on Systems and Decision Science.
Epps is the son of Tammie and Reggie Epps, both originally from Newberry. Epps’ grandparents, Frances and Vada Suber, Eugene and Sharon Coleman and Barbara Epps, all live in Newberry.
Epps’ father played football at Newberry College and his uncle Steve Coleman played basketball at Stetson University in Deland, Fla.