One of the offensive line prospects Michigan State has been actively recruiting the past year is Gavin Cupp of Leipsic, Ohio. On Tuesday, the Spartans extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-6, 275-pound prospect.
The Spartans’ staff is focused on several Midwest offensive line prospects, and the offer to Cupp puts him on the short list of recruits the staff is actively pursuing. Rivals.com rates Cupp as a three-star prospect and the No. 28 tackle in the nation for the class of 2016. He is rated the No. 12 player in talent-rich Ohio.
Cupp tweeted out the news about his MSU scholarship offer Tuesday night.
“Friday, when I took my visit, I talked to Coach (Mark) Dantonio a lot, and he said they were close to offering,” Cupp said. “He just wanted to sit down with his staff and make sure everyone was on the same page about me. He told me to expect to call them Tuesday, and that’s what happened. Coach (offensive coordinator Jim) Bollman told me to call Coach Dantonio at 7 yesterday, and then Coach D said they were going to offer. It’s was awesome! Getting this offer means a lot! Michigan State is a school that every time we left, we felt good. I really like it there; it is just an awesome time right now.”
The visit to MSU last week was not Cupp’s first. He has been on campus multiple times and has developed a good rapport with the staff.
Many believe Cupp’s recruitment could come down to a battle between the Spartans and Ohio State.
“I am keeping my options open,” Cupp said. “I am still going to look around, but Michigan State is pretty awesome. I will definitely be camping there and at Ohio State.”
As far as a timetable for his decision, Cupp would like to enter his senior season knowing where he will be attending college so he can focus on his senior season. He had the following to say to Rivals.com about when he could make his choice.
“Whenever a school feels right,” he said. “When I know, I’ll do it. I’m going to get my options in after camp this summer, then I’ll see what happens.”
Over the years, Ohio has provided the Spartans with numerous outstanding offensive linemen. Last year’s team had two Ohio starters in Donovan Clark and Travis Jackson.
The Spartans currently are evaluating several other Ohio prospects such as Berea’s Zach Bycznski and Willoughby South’s Nick Urban. Both have multiple BCS offers and are hearing regularly from MSU. The staff will be looking forward to hosting all of the above players at a session of camp this summer.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.