Upchurch ready to find his role

Tony Upchurch committed to LSU before the Tigers unveiled their new big-play offense. Now that he's seen it with his own eyes, Upchurch is ready to learn where he'll fit and hopes to make an immediate impact.

In today's recruiting age, keeping a kid committed can be just as hard as landing that pledge in the first place.

That's not the case with Tony Upchurch though. He's as solid as solid gets, and if there are any other schools that are still interested in him, he doesn't know about it.

"I told my coach, whatever schools comes by, tell them I'm not interested," Upchurch said.

That pretty much falls in line with how Upchurch's recruitment went. LSU was the only school that officially extended him an offer, as most programs that came calling were turned down.

Upchurch committed in March after his first trip to campus, and he said he's had no regrets since.

"A lot of people used to tell me I shouldn't go to LSU because they're a running team," Upchurch said. "But I had faith in the coaches with them saying that they're going to throw the ball. Now I've seen it."

Upchurch can't help but get excited about the possibility of getting involved in that passing attack next season.

"I see Beckham and Landry getting the ball downfield, and it's crazy," Upchurch said. "A couple years ago they used to be a running team. Now all of the sudden, they're a throwing team. A lot of people weren't expecting that, so they're doing pretty good."

At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, the LSU coaches feel they can use Upchurch just about anywhere on the field. Though the recruiting services list him as a wide receiver, Upchurch could have success out of the backfield or as a tight end.

That's how he's been utilized on his Dawson HS team, racking up eight touchdowns while the Eagles have jumped out to a 5-1 record.

"Wherever they put me at, I'm going to go 110 percent," Upchurch said. "I'm going to do my best in anything they put me in. I'm not going to be picky. You can put me at center, tight end, anywhere you want. I'll do it."

In his discussions with the coaching staff, Upchurch said they're telling him he'll have his biggest impact in the slot, where Jarvis Landry, another physical receiver, has had a lot of success.

"I can naturally go up and get balls," Upchurch said. "I can use my size to make plays. That's mainly what they've been talking about."

Upchurch had a great opportunity to pick the coaches' brains two weeks ago when he made his first trip to Baton Rouge of the fall. Upchurch came with his parents for the Florida game, his first ever in Tiger Stadium.

"It was a big surprise," Upchurch said. "I hadn't seen a real college game in person. For me to be on the field was amazing."

He also got a chance to meet some of his fellow recruits, including Malachi Dupre and Brandon Harris.

"We're going to be pretty good," Upchurch said. "They're good guys. They're people I can get along with…I've seen [Harris'] highlights. I've seen him throw the ball to his receivers and make plays. I feel confident about the future of the offense."

Upchurch's next visit will likely come when the Tigers face Texas A&M.

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