Upshur Talks UCLA Offer

Feb. 27 -- Philadelphia Imhotep four-star tight end Naseir Upshur holds more than 30 offers, and he spoke to Scout about where his recruitment stands...

It seems as though each time Naseir Upshur picks up his phone, another big offer is being extended.

In the last few weeks, the four-star tight end from Philadelphia Imhotep was offered by UCLA, Alabama, LSU and USC.

“All these offers make me a better player,” Upshur said. “It’s motivation to me. Right after I got the (USC) offer I went to work out, so it makes me grind even more when I get an offer.

“Honestly, I wouldn’t say all of them are the same, but I have so many I kind of get used to. I used to call my mom after every offer. But every program that is offering, it’s an opportunity. I still get excited.”

Upshur holds more than 30 offers, and he is trying to get a grasp on narrowing his recruiting scope.

He visited Maryland during the week, and was slated to visit Penn State this weekend, but had to reschedule because of a family matter. He plans on returning to Penn State for the spring game, but he does not have any other trips set.

However, there are schools he wants to check out, including UCLA, South Carolina, Alabama, Miami and USC.

“Those are the schools I want to visit when I trim my list down,” Upshur said. “I have to see where everything is. Right now I am just working out.”

The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Upshur did take time out to visit Maryland for the basketball game against Wisconsin. He said it was his fifth visit to campus, but this one provided another side of the school.

“I felt a great atmosphere,” Upshur said. “It was great. I’ve never been to an atmosphere like that. I never knew the (football) stadium was that big. It was very big. That was my mom’s first visit to a college. She enjoyed it a lot. She was into the game. When Maryland scored, she was smacking my hand. She was excited.”

As Upshur looks at visits, a few of the recent schools to offer come to mind.

At USC, he has familiarity because former Imhotep standout Gerald Bowman played for the Trojans.

“He was telling me what is going with USC, how it would make me a better person,” Upshur said. “They have a great tradition and they also send a ton of players to the NFL. That was a great thing for me to hear.”

Upshur also felt a local connection to UCLA, although in a different way.

“Everything is great out there,” he said. “I only watched one game and they had me upset they won, actually, because one of my close friends, Jaelen Strong (of) Arizona State … they were beaten (badly). That made me want a UCLA offer because of how they played. That’s the kind of player I am.”

And while Alabama recently extended an offer, it is a school Upshur knows well. He already visited campus once, and he is looking forward to a return.

“Alabama is a program everybody attains to go to,” he said. “It’s all about football. That’s what I like about it. Everything is business. It was a great honor to get offered by them.”

However, it will be a while before Upshur settles on a school.

“I think I’m just going to make my decision on signing day,” he said.

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