With just two weeks to work with prior to signing day Michigan’s coaching staff is clearly making the 2015 class the No. 1 priority on the recruiting trail.
That of course doesn’t mean that Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines are ignoring 2016 targets high on their radar, recently paying a visit to 2016 Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep Institute four-star tight end Naseir Upshur.
“They visited the school but they couldn’t talk to me cause of the rules so they talked to my coach,” Upshur said. “An hour later I got a direct message from a coach and told me he loved the tape.”
New Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno dropped by Upshur’s school following the dead period.
In addition to building a relationship with his high school coach, there was one main message Drevno and the Michigan staff wanted Upshur to understand.
“When the coaches came to the school they told my coach I still have an offer to Michigan,” Upshur said.
“That actually made me excited,” added Upshur. “I wasn’t hearing from them before because I think they already had a tight end committed so I took them out of my top 15. Now that they’re high on me again I’m going to put them in my top 15.”
Upshur is also in the early stages of getting to know Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh, who reached out Saturday night.
“We were messaging when he was at the basketball game,” Upshur said. “He said he loved my film.”
“I liked the way he said things,” added Upshur. “I like to block and catch and they like the way that I finish so I feel like I have a lot of talent and it would be a good mix.”
Given Jim Harbaugh’s success developing tight ends during his time at San Diego and Stanford, as well as the plethora of production from the position in four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Upshur is intrigued with how he’d be utilized in Ann Arbor.
“I know that he put a lot of tight ends in the NFL cause they were telling me about it,” Upshur said. “I looked it up and it made me more excited. It was just great and I had a great day after the offer.
“I’m high on them again now and I want to visit again. Knowing the coaches have done a lot of good things at the next level means a lot.”