Junior to Watch: Danny Zepp
School: Louisville (Ky.) Xavier
Position: Strongside defensive end
Size and Speed: Zepp is 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.9 seconds. He bench-presses 325 pounds and squats 375 pounds, along with his vertical, which is 26 inches. Zepp has also qualified by scoring 1140 on the SAT and carries a 3.6 grade-point average.
Statistics: Zepp recorded 49 tackles, 13 of those were for a loss. He also had eight sacks in 11 games during his junior season.
Honors: First team all-state, all-county, all-district and all-region. He also was named the district player of the year.
Favorite schools: Zepp is hearing from likes of Notre Dame, Northwestern, Boston College, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Kentucky. Northwestern is the only school that has offered a scholarship at this time.
Skinny: Louisville (Ky.) Xavier has one of the top defensive players in the state of Kentucky and maybe the entire Southeast. Danny Zepp was a force on the defensive line last season and that’ll make him one of the Southeast’s top recruits, too.
When opposing teams play against Zepp, they try to double-team him and that still doesn't work.
"I would say that I am speed and technician type of player," said Zepp. "I feel that if you use good technique that it increases your chance of beating the man lined up across from you. I just go as hard as I can go and, try to do what coach as taught me, in being a good defensive end.”
In choosing a school there will be a couple of things that Zepp will be considering?
"Education will be a big part of what I'm looking for in choosing school," Zepp said.
Look For Northwestern to play a role in Zepp’s decision with the high standard of education there, but don't count out Notre Dame, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and the other schools.
"Football tradition will be something else that I'm looking at in choosing a school," Zepp said.
With this in mind you can't count the fight Irish out or the likes of Louisville and Purdue. Zepp will be attending a couple of one-day camps, including stops at Northwestern and Boston College this summer.