When four-star receiver Tony Upchurch committed to LSU in March of this year, he knew it was the place for him. The 6-3 218 pound Upchurch never really seemed to gain much exposure leading up to his commitment to the Tigers, even though he compiled over 1,000 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior at Glenda Dawson High School in Pearland, Tx. Since making his commitment, Upchurch has seen his recruitment slow down dramatically due to his request to shut things down.
"It's been slowing down because my coach has been letting everyone know that I'm already committed," Upchurch told TSD. "There isn't really a reason for the other coaches to speak with me."
Upchurch recently received visits from several members of the LSU coaching staff that have been responsible for his interest in the Tigers. Upchurch bumped into one of the staff members following a spring scrimmage that he went through last week.
"The LSU coaches came by to see me the other day to just see how I was doing," said Upchurch. "Coach [Thomas] McGaughey came by last week and coach [Adam] Henry came by this week."
"After we played our scrimmage, I went to eat lunch and I ended up running into him and talking with him. He was just checking up on me and seeing how school was going for me."
Regardless of his commitment to the Tigers being solid, Upchurch went on to explain that he stays in constant communication with his future coaches.
"LSU is still showing me a lot of love even though I already committed," said Upchurch. "I talk to them all the time."
While other schools have come calling after Upchurch gave the LSU staff his commitment, he explained that it is essentially a nowhere road for them.
"I'm just set on LSU," said Upchurch. "There are no other schools that could take me away. I told my coach to not let any other schools come by because my mind is made up."
Since making his commitment, Upchurch has had a chance to get to know a couple of other members of LSU's 2014 recruiting class. Upchurch has become good friends with one fellow LSU recruit in particular, Chris Hardeman.
"I talk to Chris Hardeman all the time," said Upchurch. "We're pretty good friends and we will be playing each other this spring. It will be fun to go up against him."
There was some uncertainty surrounding the LSU passing game when Upchurch made the call. However, after the LSU spring game, Upchurch couldn't be more comfortable with the system that he is set to play in once he arrives on the Baton Rouge campus.
"It looked good," said Upchurch. "Coach [Les] Miles told me to look at the receivers and their performances in the spring game. I liked it and I can definitely see myself in that offense. It all seemed like it went really well and I can't wait to be a part of it."
In terms of visits that he will take over the summer, Upchurch explained that he is limiting the colleges he will see to just one.
"I'm not visiting any other schools," said Upchurch. "I already have my mind set on LSU. I'm going to the LSU camp in June to hang out with the other players. The coaches want me to come up there and show my face and talk to other recruits. Just things like that."
Things remain the same for Upchurch
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