"I am really a defensive player," he notes. "When I found out that I had to play tight end I was surprised because this is my first year playing that position. I am just going to try to make it work and I am trying to get better as a tight end. I kind of use defensive moves to block, which is something I am trying to change."
Upshaw and his teammates will be looking for the third straight victory over the Mississippi All-Stars when the two teams square off at 7 p.m. on Monday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
"Practice has been going pretty good," he says. "I like practicing with a lot of good players. I like going against the high level of competition because in high school you don't really go up against a lot of it. You are whupping everybody and it is easy."
Upshaw notes he may see some action at defensive end in the all-star game, but expects to spend most of his time at tight end. In practice he has shown good hands catching the football.
Upshaw, who is a verbal commitment to Alabama, says that Auburn commitment, says Briarwood Christian quarterback Barrett Trotter, an Auburn commitment, has been impressive throwing the football in practice. "He is a very good passer. He has a strong arm. Casey (Prattville quarterback Casey Weston) has a strong arm, too."
The Eufaula High star has previously mentioned the possibility of taking visits to both LSU and Auburn, but currently has only one lined up and says he doesn't know if he will take any others. "I am definitely going to Alabama on Jan. 11th," Upshaw says.
His current priority is to play well in the all-star game. "I want to go out Monday night and do a good job as a blocker for my backs and my quarterback and keep the pressure off of them and become a better tight end," he says. "I think I will get some passes thrown to me."