Naseir Upshur releases top 13


Imhotep (PA) four-star tight end Naseir Upshur is one of the most coveted players in the country, and Maryland has made the cut for his top 13. (Mandatory Credit: 247Sports)

Just after Trevon Diggs cut his list, another Maryland football target is doing the same.

Four-star tight end Naseir Upshur released his top 13 on Tuesday. Maryland was among several powerhouse programs that made the cut for the 2016 Imhotep star’s services.

According to 247Sports, Upshur is rated as the No. 5 tight end in the 2016 class and No. 153 overall in their composite rankings. He is also rated as the fourth-best player in the state of Pennsylvania.

Upshur recently visited Maryland back on March 28, and was at multiple games during the 2014 season. The Terrapins were involved in Upshur’s recruitment very early.

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Tight end is definitely a position of need for the Terps. In its current state, Maryland’s roster of tight ends includes P.J. Gallo, Derrick Hayward, and Andrew Issaacs. Production was at a bare minimum as that trio only caught six passes for 41 yards.

Issacs did suffer a season-ending knee injury in the Syracuse game, and went on to miss the remainder of the season. The Connecticut native hasn’t had a full season to showcase his talents, so his full potential hasn’t been seen yet.

In 2014, Upshur caught 22 passes for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns. To put things in perspective, the Imhotep tight end only caught a pair of touchdown passes in his sophomore year.

It’s still relatively early in Upshur’s recruitment as is evident in his Crystal Ball predictions. Miami currently leads with 38 percent of the vote, and is followed by Michigan State and Pittsburgh with 12 percent.

Maryland definitely can’t be counted due to the fact that Upshur is close with four-star Maryland quarterback target Dwayne Haskins. Haskins’ decision could have an impact on where Upshur ends up committing.