Signing Day Capsule: Tony Upchurch

LSU has received a National Letter of Intent from WR Tony Upchurch. The four-star prospect is officially a Tiger.

Tony Upchurch only received one offer during his recruitment — well, only one offer that he cared about. LSU was the first school to seriously start recruiting this versatile offensive weapon from the Houston area. Once that courtship started, LSU was the only school on Upchurch's mind. He made his first visit to Baton Rouge in March 2013 to check out the Tigers' spring practices. Before he left, he made his commitment to LSU and remained completely solid until the very end.

The Tigers will get a player in Upchurch that can do a lot of things on offense. He's listed as a four-star prospect, the No. 36 wide receiver in the country, and that position will likely be where he starts. But at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, Upchurch can be much more than just a pass catcher. With his size, Upchurch can fit in the backfield as a bulky H-back that factors in the pass and run game, or he can line up closer to the line of scrimmage as an inside receiver or even a shorter tight end.

Upchurch is a smooth runner with strong hands that's accustomed to out-manning the defender. As most all high school receivers, Upchurch has room to improve in his route-running, but he is truly a physical specimen that should adjust well to the college game. LSU has loved what he brings to the table since they first started recruiting him, and soon he'll learn what kind of impact he'll have on this LSU offense.


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