Imhotep Institute (PA) tight end Naseir Upshur has received a tremendous amount of exposure over the last few months, and every school in the nation seems to be taking notice.
However, Upshur isn’t letting the attention he’s received later his process.
“It’s good, but I just want to stay humble and keep working,” Upshur told TerrapinStationMD.
Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida State, and Auburn have been coming at Upshur the hardest recently. He also has offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, and hometown school Temple in addition to several others.
Despite these schools being some of the top programs in the country, the Terrapins do have something that no one else has.
Imhotep wideout and Maryland 2015 commit D.J. Moore is close friends with Upshur, and is a connection that can’t be ignored. Moore has been in Upshur’s ear about potentially committing to the Terps.
“He’s kind of hard on me right now. He’s just saying ‘let’s go to Maryland.’ When he committed, I was very excited because he’s one of my closest friends on the team. So I’m going to take that into consideration.”
Along with Imhotep teammates and Maryland targets Shaq Jones (2016 outside linebacker), Terrill Gillette (2016 athlete), and Moore, Upshur visited Maryland last Friday. It was the junior tight end’s first visit since being offered during a prospect camp on campus back in June.
“I had a chance to talk to Coach Edsall. He was the one who offered me actually. I got to see how he uses his tight ends.”
Maryland was the final visit of the summer for Upshur. He said he is shutting it down to focus on his upcoming season at Imhotep. Upshur added that he may cut his list after the season is over.
He did say that he would like to attend two Maryland games this fall. Upshur has only been on campus on two occasions, so getting a few more visits with him is huge for the Terps.
Upshur also acknowledged that one of his goals for the 2014 season is to have more receiving yards. The junior only had 240 receiving yards and four touchdowns during his sophomore season, and would like to see those numbers improve.
The top-ranked tight end would like to have at least 600 receiving yards in 2014.
Upshur’s potential is through the roof, and he hasn’t even scratched the surface of how good he can be. An increase in his receiving numbers is extremely likely.
Maryland has been involved with Upshur’s recruitment before several high-profile team, and does have the Moore card in their back pocket. There’s a long way to go in this top-tier talent’s recruitment, but there’s no reason to believe that the Terps won’t be there at the end.