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Blue Devils join race for Ohio ATH

Upper Arlington (Ohio) wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos reached a half dozen scholarship offers this week with a new school entering the mix. The 6-3, 195-pound athlete picked up an offer from Wisconsin last week, then added one from an ACC school on Monday.
"I got one this afternoon from Duke," Epitropoulos reported Monday evening. "They are one of the best academic schools in the world, so that's a pretty good achievement. Academics are important to me because I want to pursue a pre-med education.
"Coach [Matt] Luke came to my school about a month ago and it seemed like they were pretty interested. They are the second school after West Virginia that wants me as a safety."
As a junior, Epitropoulos caught 29 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns as a wide receiver, but he is open to playing the safety position in college.
"I'm willing to do whatever it takes to play," he said. "I really don't have a preference."
The offer from Wisconsin was one that also caught Epitropolous's attention. He knew the Badgers were serious about their interest when he saw their head coach in his school in January.
"I really like Wisconsin," Epitropoulos said. "Coach Bret Bielema came into my school, which really left a good impression on me.
"When they came around and offered me, I was pretty excited. In a couple weeks we are going up there. I don't think they have a junior day, but we are just going to visit.
Epitropoulos' father, John, played linebacker at Ohio State 30 years ago and the Buckeyes are a team that Epitropoulos would like to hear more from.
"Coach [Luke] Fickell came in and talked to my head coach, said they were interested and wanted me to come down for a junior day, but I haven't heard too much more than that," Epitropoulos said.
With six scholarship offers in hand, Epitropoulos still plans to take his time with the recruiting process. This weekend he will make an unofficial visit to West Virginia and he also is planning trips to Michigan State and Duke.
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