Taylor Upshaw signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday with the Michigan football program. He is expected to enroll for the spring 2018 semester.
Upshaw is a 3-star defensive end from Braden River High School in Bradenton, Fla.
Meet Taylor Upshaw
Upshaw is one of two defensive linemen in Michigan’s incoming freshman class and the only one expected to enroll early. The second, Aidan Hutchinson, will enroll this summer with the remainder of Michigan’s 2018 incoming freshman class.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Upshaw committed to Florida in June, but following the firing of Gators coach Jim McElwain in October, Upshaw flipped to Michigan on Nov. 24
Michigan was one of more than 30 schools to offer Upshaw. He is the son of former NFL defensive tackle Regan Upshaw, who played from 1996 to 2004 with five teams. Taylor Upshaw’s older brother, Regan Jr., is a linebacker at Clemson.
Upshaw has size, speed and athleticism. He had 33 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 4½ sacks as a senior for Braden River. He also added an interception.
Upshaw will enter the system of defensive line coach Greg Mattison, which operates as a rotation designed to help players remain physically and psychologically fresh. The position group also will skew to the younger side: Michigan has several defensive linemen who either will be sophomores or juniors in 2018, including defensive tackles Aubrey Solomon and Michael Dwumfour, and defensive ends Rashan Gary and Kwity Paye.
Remarkably, Upshaw only began playing football two years ago. He told 247Sports that he grew up playing basketball and lacrosse, and when he broke a foot, that’s when he decided to try playing football.