Dutch Fork Middle student Rex Epps had a unique camp experience this summer.
Epps. who will begin seventh grade at Dutch Fork Middle this month, participated in national-level soccer development camps in Alabama and Massachusetts.
In July, Epps competed against more than 400 boys from 11 states at the Region III Olympic Development Soccer Camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala. From there, he was one of 24 players from the region named to the U.S. Soccer National Player Pool.
As a national pool player, Epps received an all-expenses paid trip to the U.S. U-14 National Identification Camp in Concord, Mass., where he competed against the best 120 soccer players from across the nation Aug. 3-7 for a spot on the U.S. National Team. Epps will learn in September if he was named to a national team.
He was coached this summer by Bert Molinary, assistant men's soccer coach at USC, and Will Eudy, varsity boys soccer coach at Cardinal Newman. Epps also plays for the Columbia United 95 Boys Elite team.
- Steve Wiseman