AJ Epenesa proclaimed years ago that his younger brother, Iose (Yo-Say) Epenesa, would be the best football player in his family.
And if you know the family, that's saying something.
Their father, Epenesa Epenesa, played defensive line for Iowa Football in the 1990s. AJ finished his Hawkeye career in '19 and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, where he was a rookie D-End last fall. His brother, Eric Epenesa, was a member of Iowa's '20 recruiting class.
Today was a special day for me & my wife our youngest son iose attending Mega Football Camp at Lindenwood University & Defensive Line Coach for the University Of Iowa @CoachK_Bell OFFERED our son WOW! Thank you Coach Kirk Ferentz & @HawkeyeFootball for this amazing blessing🙏💛🖤 pic.twitter.com/K6tMDJTWBV— Eppy Epenesa (@EEpenesa) June 4, 2021
Utah was the first program to offer Iose Epenesa (6-3, 228). Iowa jumped in after seeing him perform Friday at the Lindenwood University Mega Camp in St. Charles, MO, as did Minnesota.
It seems likely that more big-time opportunities are on the way for the youngest Epenesa, who was an eighth-grader this school year.
Sam Epenesa, the oldest child of Epenesa Epenesa and his wife, Stephanie Epenesa, played volleyball at Purdue. Stephanie played that sport at Iowa Wesleyan.
One thing is for sure, Iose Epenesa has become plenty familiar with the Iowa program from attending AJ's games. He grew up a Hawkeye.
Former Iowa player and current special teams coordinator LeVar Woods, a former teammate of Epenesa Epenesa, recruited AJ and Eric.