BYU WR Kody Epps returns to the program after entering his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal

Epps is expected to be one of BYU’s top targets in the Big 12 next year.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Kody Epps at BYU football practice in Provo on Monday, March 6, 2023.

BYU wide receiver Kody Epps is back just three days after he entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.

One of the Cougars’ top offensive weapons announced on Wednesday that he would withdraw his name and play out his sophomore season in Provo.

“It was a tough decision in the first place to enter the portal because I love BYU,” Epps wrote Wednesday. “Even though some great opportunities were presented to me in the portal, I did not use the portal as a way to leverage or test waters because I have too much respect for the generational connections I have here and coach Kalani [Sitake’s] belief in me.”

Epps received multiple offers in his limited time in the portal, including from Ole Miss and Auburn.

Epps was BYU’s leading receiver last year before he injured his shoulder in Week 8 against Liberty. He recorded 459 yards, six touchdowns and 39 catches. Epps did not go through spring camp as he was still rehabbing the shoulder injury from the season.

Epps’ initial entry into the portal was surprising. This spring, Epps had been a key piece in recruiting new quarterback Kedon Slovis to BYU.

Since Epps entered the portal, BYU did add another transfer receiver in Eastern Michigan’s Darius Lassiter. BYU has been aggressive in trying to add to the receiver depth in the portal since spring camp ended.

“If anything, I have come to understand through all this that there is no point in trying to find a new home when what I needed and wanted was right here where I am,” Epps finished.