Lima, Ohio’s Keaton Upshaw was one of the many recruits in town today for Pitt’s first full contact practice.
The talented tight end has spoken highly of Pitt since receiving an offer from them and today Upshaw didn’t see anything that hurt Pitt’s chances of landing him.
“It was crazy, I was so into it, I didn’t want to leave. I liked the energy they had today. I liked how the whole team was into it (the practice), how the players were so into it, almost fighting a couple of times. I really loved it there,” said Upshaw.
Speaking of high energy, that’s how most people describe Pat Narduzzi. Today was the first time that Upshaw has seen the Pitt head coach since picking up an offer from the Panthers.
“I sat down with him and my family and I were able to talk with him. Watching him during practice, he has so much energy, he gets on the players if they’re not doing things right. He’s so hype and so into it.”
During his meeting, Narduzzi did his best to let Upshaw know that he’s a big priority for the Panthers football program.
“He talked to us about the academics at Pitt. He told me they really want me and they’d love to get me here but he told me not to rush things to take my time,” said Upshaw.
Narduzzi and the staff aren’t the only ones trying to recruit Upshaw to Pitt. His cousin and current Panther wide receiver Ruben Flowers is doing his best to get him to Pitt.
“He’s always telling me to go there and always texting me. I talked to him at practice today and we’re going to go out to eat and hang out before I leave tomorrow. ”
It sounds like Pitt is in good position to land Upshaw but he still wants to think about things.
“After being here today, I’m trying to narrow things down. I want to make a decision soon, before the season so I don’t have to worry about things. I’m still thinking about things and enjoying the process.”
Upshaw says that right now, he has it down to Pitt, West Virginia and Toledo.