Coach Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators have landed another commit in the 2018 class. The Florida Gators got a verbal commitment from defensive end Taylor Upshaw. Upshaw made his commitment on Twitter tweeting that he will be staying home and committing to the University of Florida. Taylor Upshaw committed to the Florida Gators over the Clemson Tigers and Vanderbilt Commodores. He is the 8th recruit to commit to the Florida Gators. He is the only defensive lineman in the class but he joins Amari Burney, C.J. Smith and Divaad Wilson as the defensive recruits in Florida’s 2018 recruiting class.
Who is Taylor Upshaw?
Taylor Upshaw is a three-star defensive end out of Braden River High School in Bradenton, Florida. The three-star defensive end picks the Florida over 25 other schools that he has offered him. Taylor has received offers from some of the top schools in the country like Clemson, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Florida’s defensive line coach, Chris Rumph, was Upshaw’s primary recruiter since Rumph would be his position coach and was in Coach Rump’s area. He is the son of former NFL defensive lineman Regan Upshaw. On 247 Sports, Taylor Upshaw is 25th best strong-side defensive end in the country and 105th best recruit in the state of Florida.
Taylor Upshaw has been a hot commodity on the recruiting trail over the past several months. His frame is the first thing that stands out. Taylor Upshaw is 6’5 and weighs 240 pounds. He has great height but will probably add some more weight before he goes to college. Upshaw comes from a football background. His dad was a first round out of University of California and played nine years in the NFL. Taylor’s older brother, Regan Upshaw Jr., is a walk-on linebacker at Clemson. He has good size and is smart. This is a recruit that will continue to rise in the rankings. Welcome to Gator Nation Taylor. Chomp Chomp!