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I'm sure by now most of you have heard that Terrance Upshaw, who committed to USA last week, is now a Samford commit. Some news media are reporting it as a "flip" but the real story is quite different.
The first thing you should know is that Upshaw has been getting bad advice for a long time. Before the season he had a legitimate offer from Vanderbilt and others. Someone advised him to wait and see hoe big the offers got. By January all the BCS level offers were gone or had never materialized. Some of our coaches liked him quite a bit, while others weren't sold (not unusual when evaluating prospects). It was decided to bring him in on a visit and make him an offer. He wanted to commit while on the visit, but our coaches advised him to take another visit or two before deciding. He said he really wanted to commit. He was told that was fine, but has to mean he wouldn't visit anywhere else. He agreed. Later in the week it was discovered that he planned to take a visit to Samford so he would have something to compare USA to. Our coaches yanked his offer immediately. It was an easy decision to make with a commitment from a much-better running back, Kaleb Blanchard, on the way.
So yes, Upshaw was committed to USA and ended up at Samford but the reason is because he screwed himself out of an FBS scholarship and that was his best remaining option.
Just wanted to set the record straight.
This post was edited by Doug Konkel 15 months ago
This situation ended up working out for us because we got a better RB yesterday..I said this before with the Lamb situation we need to be very careful yanking a scholly away from a kid who takes a visit after making a commitment..This happens all the time..If Bama,Uga,Texas,and all the other big schools did this they would be missing some great players on their current roster..
I think if the kid had told them up front he was taking another visit then they probably wldnt have yanked it and they would have told him to wait until after that visit to commit.
Exactly. They tried to tell him not to commit and look around and he insisted on committing. Then he went and did exactly what they told him not to do.
Besides, like we said about the Lamb situation, you don't yank scholarships from kids you really want. If he had been Blanchard we would be fighting for him.
Upshaw jilted Samford by signing with App ST.
"Faster horses, Younger women, Older whiskey, More money"
This guy is a big question mark....
Sanford put together a really nice class. I'm sure they would have liked to keep Upshaw, but I doubt they're crying in their beers... oh wait...
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