Chattanooga star lands Vandy offer

Vanderbilt is again looking at talent at the academically renowned Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Commodores landed offensive lineman Barrett Gouger from the school in the class of 2012. Recently, they extended an offer to Reggie Upshaw Jr., a 6-foot-6, 215-pound tight end, who performed well at the June summer camp.

"At camp I thought I did pretty well in the testing," said Upshaw. "We did the 40, broad jump, ball drills, and position drills. They told me they liked what they saw from me, especially my work ethic and ball skills. I was talking a little bit with [the coaches], but I guess they couldn't offer me then. When I got back home, I received the offer over the phone from Coach Shoop.

"He said they thought the first couple of years I'd play H-back then would evolve into more of a set tight end and play every rep with my hand on the ground."

Presently, Upshaw holds offers from MTSU, UL Lafayette, and Vanderbilt. The Commodores, however, must also compete against the schools recruiting Upshaw for basketball.

"Right now I'm leaning towards football," Upshaw explained. "I'm looking at the quality of education of the school's that offer me in both sports. My basketball offers are from MTSU, Lipscomb, and Tulane. The high majors in football I'm looking at more than the mid-majors in basketball and reverse, the other way around.

"If I do decide on football I want to go somewhere I can receive a good education. I want to play for coaches of high character. I'm also going to look at what kind of players are there so I know who I'll be around me. If I don't commit before the start of the year then I'll just wait and see how things play out. Right now I'd probably have to say Vanderbilt is my number one school."

In his first year as a starter for the Red Raiders, Upshaw was an All District selection on a team that finished state runner-up in TSSAA Division II-AA.

"I'm projected to be a tight end in college but I play wide receiver in high school," Upshaw stated. "For my junior year I has 40 catches and only two drops for 470 yards and seven touchdowns. Next season I want to have catch at least 50 passes with no drops. I have big hands so I shouldn't have any."

Upshaw plans on going to a Mississippi State camp on July 15th and a Tennessee camp on July 23rd. The June camp at Vanderbilt was Upshaw's second this year to the university. He was on campus in February for a Junior Day event. Upshaw was named All-State in basketball by the TSWA as a junior. He also was number one in the state of Tennessee in the high jump for 2012. His father, Reggie Upshaw Sr., played college football at Middle Tennessee State and serves at Baylor School as the middle school's basketball coach. Top Stories