For the second time in a week, Pitt has offered a highly skilled tight end from Ohio.
A couple of days ago, Brenden Bates from Moeller HS in Cincinnati picked up an offer from the Panthers and today they zeroed in on a player from Lima, Ohio.
Keaton Upshaw from Lima Senior High School received his second D-1 offer (Toledo) and this offer from Pitt was special because it was his first Power 5 offer.
“I’m beyond blessed to get this offer from Pitt. I’ve just got to keep grinding though. I’ve been talking to Pitt and I knew they’d be offering,” said Upshaw.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Salem and he’s been sending me pictures of Pittsburgh and of the Pitt campus. He’s been telling me that they really wanted me.”
It’s not hard to see why Pitt and I’m sure plenty of other D-1 teams will want Upshaw. There aren’t many 6-foot-7 tight ends that can get up and down the field like Upshaw does. He’s obviously a complete mismatch for opposing defenses.
I guess I’m guilty here of burying the lead but the most interesting aspect to this offer is that Upshaw is cousins with current Pitt 4-star wide receiver Ruben Flowers, who had this to say about the recent news.
“I’d talked to him a couple of weeks ago and he told me that it’s going really good for him at Pitt. I haven’t talked to him since I got the offer today.”
Considering Pitt was his first Power 5 offer and with his cousin on the team, Upshaw tells me that Pitt will remain in his Top 5.
Upshaw is already the 11th junior tight end that Pitt has offered: Upshaw, Kyle Pitts (Warminster, PA), John Fitzpatrick (Atlanta, Georgia), Elijah McAllister (Rumson, New Jersey), TJ Banks (East Allegheny HS), Judge Culpepper (Tampa, Florida), Brenden Bates (Cincinnati, Ohio), Leonard Taylor (Springfield, Ohio), Jeremy Ruckert (Lindenhurst, New York), Trenton Gillison (Pickerington, Ohio), Zack Kuntz (Camp Hill, PA).