College Football Recruiting 2016: Naseir Upshur Continues Rising Up Ranks

By Rick Stavig
Naseir Upshur
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We’re still a ways away from National Signing Day 2016, but that doesn’t mean the college football recruiting world isn’t in motion.  The class of ’16 just finished their sophomore seasons on the field, and the stock of prospects has risen and fallen throughout the year.  One player who has certainly risen is that of Imhotep Charter School (Philadelphia, PA) athlete Naseir Upshur.

Upshur is being recruited as an athlete, and with good reason: the kid can play all over the field.  Tight end, wide receiver, defensive end, defensive tackle, outside linebacker, inside linebacker, etc.  You get the idea.  And at 6-foot 4, 223-pounds, Upshur is already a man amongst boys, even as just a 16 year old sophomore.

His two most likely positions at the next level, and where he’s received the most attention, is at tight end (where he averaged nearly 20 yards a reception) and defensive end (where he recently notched 4 sacks in a game).  But Upshur, who’s also a noted basketball player, flashes the athleticism to play all over the field.

With his frame, he’ll be able to add good weight without losing any speed, which is exactly what Upshur has done under the recent tutelage of personal strength coach Pat Mendez, of the prestigious Pennsylvania Elite Scouting.  In the last couple months alone, Upshur has added 10 pounds of muscle, and has gotten even faster.  Imagine what kind of damage he could do with another 25 pounds of muscle? Scary.

Where will Upshur go?  That’s still up in the air.  He’s already got three scholarship offers from FBS schools, including Arizona State, Temple and UMass, but has also received heavy interest from some of the other power brokers of college football.  Mendez has indicated Upshur’s early top five are currently UCLA, Rutgers, Arizona, Auburn and Mizzou.  Not too shabby for a 16-year old.

He’ll probably “land at a school that gives him an opportunity to play early and that has a reputable Sports Management Program” says Mendez.

ASU will likely be playing Upshur’s relationships to their favor in the hopes of landing the talented athlete from the City of Brotherly Love.  His current teammate and class of 2014 safety DeAndre Scott is already committed to the Sun Devils, and Upshur is said to be friends with one of their wide receivers, sophomore Jaelen Strong.

There’s still a long time to go before Upshur needs to make up his mind.  A lot can and will change over the next two years.  At the rate Upshur is picking up speed in his development, bigger schools will likely come knocking.  Who doesn’t want a big, strong, freakishly gifted athlete who hasn’t even scraped the surface of his potential yet?

One thing we do know, this kid has a very bright future.

Rick Stavig is an NFL Draft and Recruiting Analyst for Follow him on Twitter @rickstavig or add him to your network on Google+.

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