Michigan’s football program has yet again done something other programs have yet to successfully do: score a recruit from SEC territory.
Just a day before his official visit to Michigan for the Ohio State football game- Bradenton, Florida native Taylor Upshaw announced his de-commitment from the University of Florida and his commitment to Michigan, which was announced via Twitter.
The three-star strong-side defensive end had previously committed to Florida under former head coach Jim McElwain. McElwain and the Gators parted ways on October 30th and the next day Upshaw was offered by Michigan. Upshaw is one of three players to de-commit from Florida since McElwain left the program.
Upshaw comes from football genes. His father was a defensive tackle in the NFL for nine seasons playing for the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Also Upshaw’s brother, Regan Upshaw Jr., walked on at Clemson and is currently a redshirt freshman.
With Upshaw’s commitment Michigan’s “#BlueBloods18” recruiting class ranks 14th nationally. Still ahead of the Wolverines are rivals Notre Dame at 7th, Penn State at 3rd, and Ohio State at 1st.
At 6-foot-5, 240lb, Upshaw will join Aidan Hutchinson, the other strong-side defensive end of the Wolverine’s 2018 recruiting class. Having just two defensive lineman committed so far for the 2018 is a big difference from the previous year’s recruiting class which brought eight defensive lineman to Michigan.
Currently Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class consists of 16 athletes with plenty more potential future Wolverines having to make commitment decisions in the coming weeks.
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