Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep tight end Naseir Upshur received a scholarship offer from USC in March, and since that point stayed in frequent contact with Trojans tight end coach Marques Tuiasosopo.
While Tuiasosopo recruited Old Farms (Conn.) Connecticut tight end
Chris Clark last year, he rarely makes recruiting trips that far east.
“Coach just came out to the school yesterday,” said Upshur. “We
couldn’t talk when he came to watch me work out, but afterward I gave
him a call. I was wearing my USC shirt, so that made him kind of happy.
“I guess he liked what he saw because he said he was really high on me.
He mentioned that was his first time ever coming to Philly on a
recruiting trip. You know, USC had been one of those schools that I had
hoped to get an offer from since last summer.
“I’m grateful for the offer and coach coming all the way out here to
see me. I feel like USC is a great program and they get their players
to the next level. They’re also low on tight ends, so I think I would
have an opportunity to play early.”
Upshur has 36 scholarship offers to date, with more college coaches
arriving on campus to see him each day.
Upshur recently produced a list of 13 favorite schools, which included
USC, Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan,
Michigan State, Penn State, South Carolina, Miami, Temple, Rutgers and
“Those were the schools I talk to a lot, so the schools I communicate
with are the schools that made the list,” said Upshur. “The schools
that don’t keep up with me didn’t make the list.”
USC wants to bring Upshur in on an unofficial this summer before a
follow up official visit sometime in the fall.
“That will happen in the next couple of months,” said Upshur. “I don’t
have a date, but I’ll probably be up there for four or five days.”
Upshur’s plan is to only visit USC while on the West Coast, although
another school he has a lot of interest in is Arizona State.
“I’ve been to Arizona State twice already, so I don’t think I need to
see them again,” said Upshur. “Jaelen Strong was like a big brother to
me, so I would just stay with him when I went out there. DeAndre Scott
is also like a brother to me because he went to Imhotep.
“DeAndre plays safety for them right now. He redshirted for them last
year, but this year is supposed to be his year. I was down there for
weeks with Jaelen, and he was like the captain of the team, so I got to
see everything about the school.
“Arizona State was like my first offer. I mean, UMass was my first
offer, but I never had interest in UMass, so Arizona State was like my
first real offer.”
In visiting USC, Upshur will want to see not just the university, but
the people and surrounding area that make it unique to his list of
“I want to see the education they offer and the community that the
school is located in,” said Upshur. “I also want to sit down with the
coaches and watch film of how they want to use me as a tight end.
“The main thing is feeling comfortable. I have to see if I’m
comfortable at USC because I’m the type of person that, if I don’t feel
comfortable, I’ll want to leave. I obviously don’t want that.”
Although Philadelphia is a big city with a fast pace of life akin to
Los Angeles, Upshur says he has no preference on where a school is
“That doesn’t matter to me,” said Upshur. “I can fit in wherever.”
Trojans visit Upshur
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