It looks to be a strong year for offensive line talent in the states of Michigan and Ohio, and that should bode well for Michigan State. The Spartans will be looking to sign at least three quality linemen in the class of 2016, and Gavin Cupp of Leipsic High School in Ohio is one player they are actively recruiting.
Cupp already has scholarship offers from Illinois, West Virginia and Cincinnati, plus several MAC offers. Rivals.com ranks the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder as a three-star recruit and the No. 15 prospect in Ohio in 2016.
“I was (at Michigan State) for the Nebraska game and for a junior day Feb. 1,” Cupp said. “I really like it there and got to talk to coach (Mark) Staten and coach (Mike Tressel) a lot, and I also got to talk to coach (Mark) Dantonio. They invited me back up for spring ball.”
The fact that the Spartans have had Cupp on campus multiple times and want him back in East Lansing for a spring practice is a sure sign that he is on the short list of linemen they’re evaluating closely.
“My coach talked to them at the Ohio coaches clinic, and they said they’re excited with me, so hopefully, I can get an offer,” he said. “I’m going to try to make it to as many of my offer schools as possible. I am also very interested in Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan. I will just wait to see what other schools show interest.”
Like many of the players Michigan State has been recruiting for the offensive line of late, Cupp is viewed as a very good athlete for someone his size. In addition to football, he is a very good basketball and baseball player.
Cupp certainly will be invited to attend some of the elite camps and combines that occur in the spring. It would not be a surprise if his offer list continues to expand, especially during the April/May evaluation period.
Michigan State is being thorough when it comes to offensive line prospects for the class of 2016. The staff has only offered five linemen in the entire Midwest region. Offensive line coach Staten often likes to have players attend camp before extending a scholarship offer. I expect that Cupp will be one of the players he is looking forward to working with this June. Barring an offer from the in-state Buckeyes, the Spartans would be tough to beat.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for spartanmag.com and rivals.com.