Florida Safety Backs Off Pledge, Talks Next Step and Maryland Contact

Maryland was on the shortlist for Taylor County (FL) three-star safety Cameron Upshaw heading into June as the Terps and Gamecocks battled it out. But after officially visiting South Carolina the weekend of June 10, Upshaw never eventually made it to College Park for a return trip as the 6-foot-2, 165-pound safety announced his commitment to South Carolina.

Fast forward to July 31 and Upshaw has now backed off his commitment. “I’m just letting everything blow over. I’ll probably starting hitting up schools [Monday],” he told Inside the Black and Gold. “I really decommitted just to open up and see what everyone has to offer.”

One school that unsurprisingly took a proactive approach on Sunday was Maryland as defensive coordinator Brian Williams reached out given his strong ties to Upshaw and his father. “We talked. He wants me, we’ve got a plan set up and he’ll talk to me more and see how everything goes over.” With four officials remaining, Upshaw could make two future trips to campus. “Maryland wants me to take an official after the season but I’ll probably be up there for the Michigan State game [for an unofficial visit].”


Maryland isn’t the only school in the mix. Upshaw says he’s still considering the Gamecocks with Florida, Florida State and Auburn also under consideration. The Seminoles have strong ties to Upshaw as well while both the Gators and Tigers have been showing interest with Upshaw expecting an offer from Auburn shortly. “They should [offer] in a couple weeks. Days, actually.”

Now that he has an open mind in his recruitment, Upshaw admitted he won’t chase schools that haven’t shown interest or extended an offer as relationships will play a heavy hand in his eventual decision.

“How hard and how often they recruit me. How far they’re willing to go for me.”

Upshaw planned to enroll at South Carolina early and now that he’s uncommitted again, he still plans to enroll early at his next school.

Upshaw is rated a three-star prospect and an 88 overall by On3, sitting as the 93rd-best prospect in Florida.