Recruiting report: Strong senior season helping Omaha Skutt's Jarod Epperson garner attention

Omaha Skutt's Jarod Epperson leads Class B with in rushing yards (1,271), touchdowns (22) and rushing yards per game (158.9) through eight games.

Omaha Skutt's Jarod Epperson is a gamebreaker at running back.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior leads Class B with in rushing yards (1,271), touchdowns (22) and rushing yards per game (158.9) through eight games.

Epperson's strong season has gotten him interest from a handful of schools. He has taken two gameday visits this fall — Nebraska when the Huskers hosted Troy and a week later he visited Division II Augustana. ​

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"I like to be comfortable in a situation so a school that feels like home is important in my college decision," he said. "I am looking at schools that have strong academics. I want to be an athletic trainer so I am looking at schools that have a strong athletic training program."

Back-to-back losses in the Class B state football finals have motivated Epperson and his teammates.

"We are sick of getting silver medals," Epperson said. "We don't say revenge, we focus on ourselves and try to win every game."

The SkyHawks' leading rusher also starts at linebacker — the position he would play in college.

"I don't mind hitting but running back is my first love," he said.

A two-sport athlete, Epperson plays soccer in the offseason to stay in shape. Soccer and a strong weight lifting program over the summer are the two things he credits to a strong senior season.

"This summer I recognized that I wasn't as big and fast as everyone else. I worked hard in the weight room to improve my strength and speed and it has paid off."

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