The Opening: Upshur Likes U-M's Approach

2016 Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep four-star tight end Naseir Upshur dishes on his relationship with Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh, where the Wolverines stand in his recruitment, and more at The Opening.

Naseir Upshur could see this day coming. The 2016 Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep four-star tight end envisioned spending this week competing out at The Opening in Oregon -- and now he is.

“I’m just extremely excited,” Upshur told The Michigan Insider. “At this time last year I was in the house looking at everything, wishing I could be able to play here.”

Standing 6-foot-3, 227-pounds, Upshur currently holds offers from all over the country, planning to narrow down his list of schools before summer is out.

“Possibly to five so I can get all of my officials out and just worry about those five schools,” Upshur said. “And then I’ll make my decision there.”

“I’m for sure taking all five official visits,” added Upshur.

One of those visits will be to Ann Arbor to once again check out the University of Michigan.

Recently checking out the Wolverines on an unofficial visit again, Upshur had a chance to get a greater view of what Michigan has to offer.

“That was my second time at Michigan,” Upshur said. “With the coaching staff and all, I had a great time I saw the academic part and that was great, got to see how I would be used as a tight end and that was a big part of me going down there. I enjoyed it a lot.”

The presentation laid out by Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh was particularly impressive to Upshur.

“Coach Harbaugh is just a great guy,” Upshur said. “He’s all about improving. No school ever told me I need to improve at this, improve at that, so when I got down there he had pictures and everything already set down for me about where I need to get better at.

“It’s blocking plays where I was just throwing people and he said I could be better at this part and that part. That stood out to me a lot.”

With Harbaugh in his mid 20’s and Upshur now a senior in high school, the generational gap between the two is thin, creating an easy approach to building a strong bond.

“We listen to the same music and everything,” Upshur said. “We talk about a lot of stuff together. We can have conversations for a long time so, I’ve got a great relationship with him.”

Upshur says education, comfort and the chance to play early will all loom large in his recruitment.

Asked whether or not Michigan will be in his top five, Upshur replied with, “for sure.”

Asked if Michigan will be in his top three, again Upshur replied with, “for sure.”

Then asked if Michigan will be in his top two, Upshur didn’t waiver by stating, “for sure.”


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