Flying around the country to take unofficial visits during the summer can quickly tax a bank account. That’s especially the case when you are looking at schools out of your home area.
That’s part of the reason Philadelphia (Pa.) Imhotep tight end Naseir Upshur said he hasn’t been able to make an unofficial visit to Los Angeles to check out USC. Though the Trojans are in his top eight, Upshur still has yet to visit the USC campus.
“I’ve got to get my money right first. I’m definitely thinking about it. It’d probably be August, late August.”
Even without a summer visit, Upshur is still hearing about USC on a constant basis. Along with being friends with recently graduated USC safety Gerald Bowman, who attended Imhotep Institute as well, Upshur talks to the USC coaching staff regularly.
“The coaching staff has been up twice to see me,” Upshur said. “They love me. They contact me everyday, so I’ve got a good relationship with USC overall.”
The 6-foot-3, 227-pound four star prospect said he communicates with tight ends coach Marques Tuiasosopo the most. Rather than actual schematics, they talk more about constantly working to get better and how Upshur would fit at USC as a student.
“We always talk about making it down there, how much he likes me and everything and how much he wants me to keep improving — always improving,” Upshur said. “Basically how USC would be a great fit for me. But I want to get a chance to visit and on my visit see how I would be used [in the offense].”
While Upshur isn’t sure if he will make it out to USC for an unofficial visit, he said the Trojans will definitely be getting one of his five official visits.
“They’re real high, USC,” Upshur said. “With USC, everything is just great. I feel as though they can get me to the next level and it’s somewhere great to live at. Leaving Philly, that would be a nice city also.”
USC is in Upshur’s top eight, which he released in late June, along with South Carolina, Arizona State, Michigan, Temple, Maryland, Florida State and Alabama. It is believed that Michigan and Florida State are currently the favorites, but as has been the case with out-of-state recruits in the past, a trip to USC can quickly sway the current rankings.
The Trojans did just land the No. 2 Pennsylvania tight end in Cary Angeline, but Upshur, who is rated ahead of Angeline, said that doesn’t affect him or his eventual decision.
“Not at all because there’s a tight end committed to every school that I’m high on. I feel as if I could go play anywhere that I want, so I’m not worried about any other players.”
Check out his junior film in these Naseir Upshur highlights: