Upshur enjoys second ASU visit

This wasn’t the first time Naseir Upshur took a trip out to Arizona State, but this time around it was a Tempe venture that lasted several days and gave the 2016 tight end a more in-depth look at the program. Devils Digest caught up with the Philadelphia Imhotep Charter standout to discuss that trip and overall recruitment picture.

“I really liked the trip and I like how Arizona State uses their tight end,” Upshur said. “That really opened my eyes how they used the tight in their offense in the last two years, and how he has the opportunity to make a lot of big plays. With their read option they can use the tight a lot of different ways and they ask him to do a lot of different things. That impressed the most out of everything.

“I wanted to come out here for a week and really see what the program is like. I hung out with Jaelen Strong the whole time. I really got to see how college life is. My parents were with me the first time and they liked it here. You can tell that it’s a good school and a good football program. They give you a good education and graduate a lot of their players.”

The 6-3 232-pound Naseir Upshur said that his skill set is one the Sun Devil staff sees as conducive for a productive career in Tempe.

“The coaches said that they see me as someone who can come in and play right away,” Upshur stated. “They love my aggressiveness, athleticism and competitiveness and that I have everything they are looking for in a tight end. They said that I’m their number tight end in the (2016) class.

“I have good hands but I need to work on my routes more. I do a good job blocking and I take a lot of pride in my blocking. I’m not just out there to catch balls. Blocking is what wins you games.”

It’s no secret that Upshur’s relationship with Strong has been the biggest draw thus far for ASU in the tight end’s recruitment. Seeing a fellow Philadelphia native, such as Strong, succeed with the Sun Devils has certainly not gone unnoticed by Upshur.

“Jaelen told me that Arizona State would be a good look for me,” Upshur commented. “He also said that if I come here I need to be ready to work hard.”

South Carolina (who Upshur visited just prior to ASU), Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina and Temple are some of the schools that have been recruiting the tight end the hardest along with ASU. With over a dozen quality offers, and probably several more to come, the 2016 prospect isn’t sure yet on the timetable for his decision.

“I need to sit down with my parents and look at everything,” Upshur said. “In September I should know if I’m going to announce early or wait. I want to go to a school with a good education, where I have a good relationship with the coaches and place where I get treated like family.”

Click here for Upshur’s highlights.

Gamecock Anthem Top Stories