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Friday, March 15, 2013
LSU adds 2014 WR from Texas

By Sam Khan Jr.

After not signing a single player from the Lone Star State in 2014, LSU is making sure to re-establish its presence in Texas.

The Tigers' latest commitment is just the latest sign that, even with the 2013 aberration, the Tigers were never really out of Texas and will continue to have success there.

LSU added dynamic 2014 receiver Tony Upchurch into the fold on Friday, landing a commitment from the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect. He confirmed his commitment to RecruitingNation via text message.

Upchurch played multiple positions for Pearland (Texas) Dawson, a team that long was ranked No. 1 in Texas Class 4A before being upset in the 2012 postseason.

His junior season was a breakout year for the dual-sport star. Originally a basketball player, Upchurch didn't begin playing varsity football until his sophomore season. In his junior year, he led Dawson with 1,006 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 46 catches. The 12-1 Eagles also used Upchurch in the backfield as a running back and on special teams in the return game.

The Tigers were his only offer, but Upchurch did have interest from Texas and Texas A&M. Out of LSU's seven commits in the 2014 class, three are from Texas: Upchurch, recent cornerback addition Ed Paris (Arlington, Texas/Timberview) and cornerback Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor).