Kentucky’s vibe led to a recent commitment by three-star tight end Keaton Upshaw, who is UK’s most recent pledge from Ohio.
“There were a lot of factors that went into it,” Upshaw told GN regarding his commitment to Kentucky. ” … Being there, it’s just a different feeling that you don’t feel anywhere else. I just love the campus and the academics there, and I trust all the coaches there. I feel like they are going to get me to the next level.”
Upshaw (6 feet 7, 225 pounds), from Lima (Ohio) High, chose Kentucky over, among others, Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
Upshaw is one of six Ohio players who has committed to the Wildcats.
“Yeah, they recruit big in Ohio,” he said. “Coach (Vince) Marrow (tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator) — he;s an Ohio guy, so he looks at the Ohio guys first before he goes anywhere else.”
Upshaw also is one of six commitments for UK since the beginning of June.
“Kentucky is doing great things and I just wanted to be a part of it,” Upshaw said. “We are getting a lot of great players and everybody is seeing what it’s all about. Our ranking is going up and up, and I feel like it’s going to be a special place.”
So, what type of player are the Wildcats getting in Upshaw?
“I’m a strong, tall tight end with a lot of size, and I cause a lot of mismatches,” Upshaw said. “I can get up and down the field and I can catch real well. I can get down on the line and block, and I can block off the ball as well.
“I can basically do it all.”
Being able to play in the SEC is a big deal to Upshaw.
“I’m real excited about it because I feel like it is the best conference,” he said. “I feel like it’s the toughest and there is a lot of competition; I want to play with the best.”
Now that he is committed, will Upshaw be shutting his recruitment down?
“I’m really 100 percent into Kentucky,” Upshaw said. “That’s where I want to be, that’s where I want to go and that’s where my heart is right now.”
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