Irish holding with top tight end

Four-star tight end Naseir Upshur had hoped to land a Notre Dame offer but the Irish are waiting for a copy of his transcripts. Upshur plans to deliver his grades in the near future.

Notre Dame has targeted four-star tight end Naseir Upshur, but the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder from Philadelphia has yet to receive a scholarship offer from the Irish.

He hopes that changes in the very near future.

“I talked to Notre Dame. They didn’t offer but I called to see how everything was and they just said they were taking their time with me and all I can do is respect that,” Upshur said. “I basically called to check in and see where I stand there because I’m planning to come visit there soon. I was going to visit with Dwayne Haskins but I couldn’t make it.”

Haskins attended Junior Day on March 21.

Upshur had intended to send the Irish his transcripts to review but that now likely won’t happen until after spring break.

“The lady wasn’t there to get my grades, to show them my transcript, she was on vacation,” he said. “Hopefully she’ll be back when I get there and I can get my grades and an offer comes through. They are very high on me.”

The recruiting process hasn’t slowed down for Upshur, who holds offers from nearly two dozen top college football programs. He also has heard from many others.

Upshur isn’t sure when he’ll be ready to identify his favorite schools but he has a plan to begin that process.

“I’m actually trying to get things narrowed down right now,” he said. “I’m just taking everything slow right now. I don’t want to cut all my schools off because there’s schools coming in and a lot of schools I’m very interested in so I’m wide open basically but I just want to cut the schools off that I know I’m not going to go to.”

Upshur hopes to visit Notre Dame and a handful of other programs this summer. Ann Arbor is a likely destination as Michigan has worked hard to land his signature.

“Michigan, I’ve got a great relationship with both of the Harbaughs,” Upshur said. “I’m just real comfortable with them right now. I don’t have a visit set up yet but me and Dwayne are going to come up with a date. They want me and Dwayne to come up together.”

Upshur and Haskins, a four-star quarterback from Maryland, first met at an Under Armour underclassmen camp and hit it off.

The two have talked about playing together at the next level.

“That would be great if it happened,” Upshur said. “We actually had a connection last year at the Under Armour underclassmen. That’s how I got recognized, by him throwing me some nice passes. It would be great to play with him. He’s a great quarterback.”


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