2018 DE Taylor Upshaw - son of former NFL first-rounder Regan Upshaw - hopes to leave Texas with an offer when he unofficially visits the Longhorns Feb. 25 for Tom Herman's first junior day as head coach.
Braden River (Fla.) DE Taylor Upshaw will be in Austin Feb. 25 for Junior Day and is hoping to grab the attention of the Texas Longhorns' staff.
Defensive end coach Oscar Giles has been in touch with Upshaw for months, dating back to his time at Houston. Giles has continued his conversations with the Sunshine State prospect at Texas, after the assistant followed first-year head coach Tom Herman to Austin in late November.
"I talked to Coach Giles ever since he was at Houston," Upshaw said. "He loves my film and is looking for versatile players who can rush the passer from the outside edge or rush inside.
Son of former NFL first-rounder Regan Upshaw, Taylor did not grow up playing football. In fact, he did not step foot onto the football field until his junior season. But his lack of playing experience has not stopped college football staffs from recruiting the defensive end.
While Upshaw currently holds offers from more than half a dozen schools, an offer from the Longhorns would take his recruitment to a new level. The 6-foot-4.5, 250-pound DE said he would "love" to pick up a Texas offer, and is hopeful one may come once the coaches see him face-to-face.
"They want to see me in person, but once they see my height and weight, hopefully they (offer)," Upshaw said of the Longhorns' staff. "I have not put together a top group, but (Texas) would be one of my best offers."
In addition to attending Texas' junior day Feb. 25, Upshaw has unofficial visits planned for Oklahoma Feb. 19, Northwestern March 3 and Florida March 25.
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