At this point, Michigan State is getting football verbal commitments at all hours — and seemingly every few hours.
The latest was offensive lineman Gavin Cupp of Leipsic, Ohio. The tally, for those who are having trouble keeping up: That’s 12 verbal commitments for 2016; 10 since April 22, when Huber Heights, Ohio quarterback Messiah deWeaver started an avalanche; and five in a span of a little more than 48 hours.
Cupp, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound lineman, wrote on Instagram a thanks to all the schools that recruited him, his parents, coaches and principal, and he added: “That being said I am committing to Michigan State University! #GoGreen #Dream16.”
Cupp is a three-star recruit who picked MSU over scholarship offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and others. Rivals.com ranks him the No. 28 offensive tackle in the nation, and 247sports.com ranks him No. 54. Scout.com has him as the No. 33 offensive guard. He is the third offensive lineman in MSU’s class and second in about 20 hours.
Offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa of Traverse City West announced at 11 p.m. Wednesday on Twitter that he’ll be joining Mark Dantonio’s program. That gave MSU two recruiting victories over Ohio State and Michigan in the same day, after the 11 a.m. announcement of Detroit Cass Tech safety Demetric Vance for the Spartans.
And it followed Tuesday verbals from Columbus, Ohio defensive back Austin Andrews and Akron, Ohio linebacker/safety Jonah Morris.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Lukusa is a big catch, by all accounts, with an offer list that also includes Georgia, Auburn, Arkansas, Nebraska, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Scout.com ranks him a “four-star” recruit and the No. 16 offensive guard in the nation for 2016. Rivals.com gives him three stars and ranks him the No. 31 offensive tackle and the No. 10 overall player in the state. And the 247Sports.com composite ranking has Lukusa No. 35 among offensive tackles.
Lukusa tweeted a thank you to all the coaches who recruited him and wrote that “after talking to my mother and all my family who have supported me through this process, (I) am verbally committed to Michigan State University. I’m officially part of the Spartan family and am a Spartan Dawg.”
The rest of MSU’s class consists of running back Abdul Adams (Washington, D.C.), offensive lineman Matt Allen (Hinsdale, Ill.), linebacker Joe Bachie (Berea, Ohio), receiver Cameron Chambers (Sicklerville, N.J.), tight end Noah Davis (Cincinnati) and receiver Justin Layne (Cleveland).
DeWeaver and Chambers are the ring leaders in trying to recruit others to join the class, starting the Twitter account @MSUDreamTeam16 and contacting other prospects often on MSU’s behalf. Moments after Lukusa committed, deWeaver tweeted to Chambers: “This 2016 class is getting scary … We are just getting started though.”
Chambers replied: “No doubt bro, This is going to be fun.”
DeWeaver said shortly after his commitment that one of his goals is to help MSU finish with a class ranked in the top 10 nationally. The latest rankings — updated before the Cupp commitment — show MSU No. 8, according to scout.com, No. 10, according to 247sports.com and No. 11, according to rivals.com.
In all three, MSU’s class is second in the Big Ten to Ohio State’s (No. 1 in nation per scout.com, No. 2 according to 247sports.com and rivals.com).