CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Reggie Upshaw is currently busy making big plays on the gridiron for the Baylor football team, but the senior wideout will be focusing only on his first love at the college level.
The Red Raiders' senior three-sport star gave his verbal commitment to play basketball at Middle Tennessee State University during an official visit to the Murfreesboro campus over the weekend.
"Just seeing how the players and coaches interacted with each other in that program, it really seemed like they were a family first and the basketball stuff just came with it," Upshaw said. "It was definitely an environment that I felt like I was part of a family, not just a basketball team."
Upshaw has long been considered a mid-major basketball prospect, but the 6-foot-7, 220-pounder started to gain interest from football coaches after a breakout 2011 season on the gridiron.
Before averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds while leading the Red Raiders' basketball team to the state semifinals last winter, Upshaw caught six touchdown passes and totaled more than 400 yards receiving during Baylor football's second straight state runner-up season.
His talents on the football field, combined with his size, earned him football scholarship offers from MTSU and Vanderbilt as a tight end, but playing basketball in college had been his dream since he started playing at age four.
"It was around the jamboree at the beginning of the season that I started thinking I would choose basketball, but I wasn't 100-percent sure until this weekend," said Upshaw, who also won the DII state high jump crown last spring on MTSU's campus. "It was still tough to tell all the football coaches that have recruited me for the past year that I was committing for basketball, but they knew that's what made me happy."
Upshaw said he's relieved to finally make a decision and put the recruiting process behind him. Now the focus is on getting through football season healthy before focusing on being solely in "basketball shape" for the years that follow at MTSU.
"(MTSU) is a really intense program, and they push their players to be the best they can be," Upshaw said of coach Kermit Davis' program, which advanced to the third round of the NIT last season. "I respect the coaches there a lot. I know I'll have a great relationship with them and they'll do everything they can to get the best out of me."
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