Courtney Upshaw Talks Commitment Status

Courtney Upshaw, four-star defensive end from Eufaula, (Ala.), is one of the University of Alabama's top commitments for the class of 2008. He attended his first ever Alabama game last Saturday in Tuscaloosa. He talks with about the game and other visits.

"The visit to Alabama went really good," said Courtney Upshaw. "I took my brother up there with me. It was the first game I have ever attended at Alabama. I was scheduled to attend a few other ones, but I couldn't make it up there."

"I thought the game was really good. I loved the atmosphere. I can't wait to get up there to play in front of all those fans."

Upshaw spoke with the Alabama coaching staff as well as several recruits during his visit.

"I talked to coach [Kirby] Smart, coach [Nick] Saban and one of the trainers. I talked to the majority of the coaches. They were asking me if I was ready to play for them. They can't wait to get me and the rest of the commitments up there. The coaches told me to focus on my grades," Upshaw said.

"I talked to Chris Tolliver while I was up there. I spoke to the St. Paul's guys, and the boy from John Curtis. I have built relationships with some of the guys like Jerrell Harris and Dre Kirkpatrick."

"Alabama has put together a great recruiting class. They have a whole bunch of really good commitments. I saw where we got two new commitments the other day. I couldn't believe D.J. Fluker was a junior. He is huge."

Upshaw plans to take other official visits, but it sounds as though his committed school is a tough team to beat for a signature in February.

"I am going to take some official visits, but I will not schedule them until after the season. I am going to visit Alabama, LSU and maybe Auburn. Auburn and LSU coaches have been calling my coach. Alabama actually stays in touch with me more than any other school," Upshaw said.

"I feel real good about my commitment to Alabama. I don't think my decision is going to change. I sometimes think about LSU, but I don't think anything will happen. I feel very good with Alabama."

"Alabama is the school I have always wanted to go. I grew up a big fan of Alabama and always wanted to play there. I really like the coaches. They all seem cool. I love the fans and the atmosphere. Coach Smart has been my recruiting coach. We have always had a good time."

"I don't really know too much about LSU. I just like their team and how they play. I want to give them a chance. I haven't been to visit, so I want to tour their facilities."

College coaches rarely stop recruiting committed prospects. A chance of making a switch on signing day is always a possibility. A lot of prospects commit early to end the recruiting process, but the pressure continues with most.

"I really haven't received any pressure to go anywhere," Upshaw said. "Everyone knows it's my decision. Everyone knows I grew up an Alabama fan, and I am committed."

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defender is looking forward to the move to his natural position.

"I am being recruited as a linebacker. Alabama wants me to play the "Jack" position. I feel real good about it. I used to play linebacker before I got moved to defensive end. I look forward to moving back to linebacker," he said.

Eufaula finished the regular season 8-2 and will host Fairfield in the first round of the play-offs. Upshaw's attention is focused on his team and will concentrate on recruiting when the season ends.

"Our season is going good," he said. "I feel real good about our game Friday night. I have been playing defensive end and tight end. I don't know about any of my stats. I find that out after the season."

When asked of scheduled official visits Upshaw said, "I haven't scheduled any visits. I will set them up after the season. I need to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. I scored a 17 on my last ACT, and I just took it again two weeks ago. I haven't received my last score."

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