It is not the first, and unlikely to be the last, visit for Upshur to Rutgers, but it was a key opportunity to see a life Big Ten practice for the 6-foot-3, 227-pound tight end.
“Basically when I got there, I got an opportunity to see the coach work with the tight ends, so that was a good opportunity,” Upshur said. “I’ve been there a bunch of times, but I just wanted to see how they work. Practice means a lot to me and how the coaches take things in and how they scream at you. I wanted to see what they were like at Rutgers.”
Upshur took in the fifth of 15 spring practices for the Scarlet Knights with his focus on tight ends like starter Nick Arcidiacono from nearby Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood.
“I liked what I saw,” Upshur said. “The coaches were hard on them, but they always got the most out of the guys. It wasn’t mean spirited.”
Upshur, who has also seen Temple for practice, was at Rutgers for the second time this offseason.
He also enjoyed a conversation with head coach Kyle Flood before the trip home.
“He’s a great guy,” Upshur said. “I probably hear from him about once a week. We talk a lot. The coaches really want me on board, so I’d say he’s a cool guy.”