Lima Senior High School product, Keaton Upshaw saw his recruitment heat up in the winter and it has continued into the spring. The six-six, 225-pound athlete has the ability to play defensive line or tight end at the next level. Over the past few months, Upshaw has received offers from Temple, Purdue, West Virginia, and Western Michigan Broncos as well in early May, adding to an already impressive offer list containing Bowling Green, Ball State, Ohio, Kent State, and Toledo.
Despite the impressive offer sheet early on for Upshaw, he says Toledo still ranks near the top for him.
"They still stand near the top for me, I have a lot of interest in Toledo so far because the staff really showed me a lot of love and I really like the atmosphere and how they run their offense. They do a lot of things that I like and I could come and play early for them."
Upshaw has visited Toledo several times already, something that definitely swings in Toledo's favor. The talented athlete is a very strong pass catcher and can also shed blocks on the defensive side. However, his route running and blocking away from the ball also make him a prized possession for any 2018 recruiting class.
The current three-star is currently ranked as the No. 24 tight end in the nation by Scout.com and has only helped his rankings and ratings thus far after a few very good showings at the Cleveland Opening and recently, in Cincinnati at a showcase.
Upshaw is also well-liked Scout's Midwest Recruiting Manager, Allen Trieu:
"I saw him twice in April and I really liked his size," Trieu told us, "That coupled with his athleticism and pass catching skills projects him as a guy who can be a matchup issue in the passing game. He is a new age FLEX type of tight end who can split out and play in the slot as well."
We don't dare compare Upshaw to anyone, but Toledo did have former tight end Michael Roberts drafted to the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Toledo and head coach Jason Candle really like to use their tight ends in different ways, Upshaw would certainly fit that mold. We'll keep you posted as Upshaw's recruitment continues.