Over the past few months, the Michigan staff has made a presence at Imhotep High School recruiting a collection of prospects. Michigan dropped by Imhotep in November to visit junior running back Nasir Bonner, wide receiver DJ Moore and sophomore Naseir Upshur. The staff rolled by once again today as tight end / special teams coach Dan Ferrigno visited with Upshur specifically.
"The coach just left my school 10 minutes ago," said Upshur. "I was called from lunch to the football office, and he was there and we talked. He said he loves my tape and he's going to show the tape to the offensive coordinator and I guess we'll get down to business."
Upshur, who plays both sides of the ball, poses a match-up problem for most defenders assigned with the task of covering him. At 6'4" and 228 lbs., Upshur has the size capable to take over in the red zone. In fact, his measurables are very similar to that of current Michigan tight end / wide receiver Devin Funchess, although Funch has packed on more weight in the past few months.
Since Ferrigno has been busy on the recruiting trail lately, this was only a short visit, but it left an impression on Upshur. Since he is receiving interest from Temple, Rutgers and Arizona State in addition to Michigan, but the Wolverines are a team he is very high on and is interested in building his relationship with Ferrigno moving forward.
"He's a great guy," said Upshur. "I feel comfortable around him. He's very cool and funny."
After talking to Naseir over the past few months, it is clear that Michigan is a school he very much likes. The combination of tradition, athletics and academic prestige of the University of Michigan have Upshur sold on what the Wolverines can provide for him- the only question is whether or not he will receive an offer from Michigan down the road.
Michigan has begun to recruit the 2016 class with a bit more intensity and this may impact Upshur, who is hoping for an offer, as a result. The Wolverines have already offered two tight ends (Isaac Nauta and Kaden Smith) in the 2016 class, and Upshur may be next on their board.
Edit: Just caught up with DJ Moore and Nasir Bonner not too long ago. Ferrigno dropped by Imhotep to see both Moore and Upshur, but did not spend any time with Bonner. This is not the news that I expected to hear, especially with the recent decommitment of Damien Harris.
Bonner shed some light on why this may be, speculating that his impending transfer may play a role in how Michigan is recruiting him- which is a question of its own. After a breakout junior season of 1,250 yards and 15 touchdowns, Bonner is one that the staff will want to keep tabs on.
"I would like to know if they are still recruiting me," said Bonner. "I didn't see them [today]. I think it's because I'm transferring to Delaware Valley. I'm a little bit excited. I'm getting bigger and it's nothing but great things to come."
While Bonner is getting the heat turned down on his recruitment- for now- Moore is experiencing just the opposite. During his time with coach Ferrigno, the two chatted about a variety of topics, but most of their discussion was centered around his film, which is how Upshur's meeting went as well.
"It went very well with coach Ferrigno," said Moore. "He talked to me and Naseir Upshur. He's a good coach and he's funny. We discussed how he was going to show my highlights to the wide receiver coach and told us about the weather up in Michigan. It's good news."
While Moore only holds one offer at the moment (Temple), the 6'1", 190 lb. wideout is receiving attention from Arizona State, Duke, Penn State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.