The Philadelphia Imhotep Charter athlete is a gym rat. Whether it’s a camp in Detroit (Sound Mind Sound Body), a college camp, or just practice, the 6-foot-3, 227-pounder is always there, and always ready to compete.
That’s why the Nittany Lions joined some of their Big Ten brethren, and 16 other programs overall, in verbally offering the junior Thursday night.
“My coach called me over and said to call [Penn State receivers] Coach [Josh] Gattis when practice was over,” Upshur said. “He was just saying how the process works, and that everybody isn’t going to offer you early.”
Penn State has seen the talented tight end plenty during previous contact periods and visits by Upshur to University Park and the Nittany Lions staff to Imhotep. They saw him while speaking at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp, too.
All the ingredients were and have been present for the program to offer. But as Upshur found out, Penn State had a reason for waiting.
“They wanted to build a relationship first,” Upshur said. “They were just saying [in Detroit] to wait, because my time was coming.
“They said just be patient. They loved me there.”
Upshur went on to say he certainly has an interest in the in-state program, and is hoping to visit again sometime this fall. He did not think, though, that he will make it to campus before Penn State and Imhotep both begin their respective seasons at the end of August.
“I’m very excited [about the offer],” he said. “They have a great fan base, are a big school, and they’re looking real good with their recruiting.
“They are a good school to keep in mind.”
Arizona State is the next program Upshur will visit, and his excitement for the trip, which begins Saturday, is high.
“I just want to see the coaches,” Upshur said. “I haven’t seen the coaches in a long time. I like Arizona State.”
Fellow Philadelphia products, including D’Andre Scott (Imhotep) and Jaelen Strong (West Philadelphia Catholic), now playing for the Sun Devils adds an extra layer of intrigue to the trip, as well.
“I just want to hang with my friends and have fun,” Upshur said.