The Pitt coaching staff are getting in early on the son of a former NFL defensive lineman.
This evening, 2018 defensive end Taylor Upshaw (Bradenton, Florida) announced that he received an offer from Pitt. Taylor is the son of former California great and NFL 1st round pick Regan Upshaw.
A couple of interesting notes concerning Upshaw (6-5, 245) is that he’s only played in just two high school games and his brother (Regan Upshaw, Jr.) is a current member of the Clemson football team.
Pitt is the first Power 5 school to offer Upshaw, who also holds offers from Central Florida and South Florida, while he’s getting interest from Georgia, North Carolina, Miami (FL), Toledo and Florida State.
“I was very excited, a little bit lost for words. It means a lot to me that a Power 5 school has offered me,” said Upshaw. “I wouldn’t say it’s a relief because there’s still a lot more room for improvement for me. My family was very proud of me. My dad said he was proud of me but that I have to keep working in order to develop and continue to get better.”
Upshaw told me that he received the offer from Pitt assistant Landon Salem. Pitt must have been really impressed with what they’ve seen or heard about Upshaw because they just started talking to him on Tuesday.
“I don’t know a lot about the Pitt program but what I do know is that they have a great fan base and are a great football program.”
Upshaw says that Pitt is recruiting him as a defensive end and believes the strength of his game is his pass rushing ability.
Upshaw is the 8th DE in the Class of 2018 that Pitt has offered, the others being Dante Stills (Fairmont, WV), Malik Vann (Fairfield, OH), Dennis Briggs (Kissimmee, FLA), Jarrett Jackson (Palm Beach, FLA), Kayode Oladele (Miami, FLA), K.J. Henry (Clemmons, NC) and Alex Reigelsperger (Huber Heights, OH).