There is no mistaking the interest Leipsic (Ohio) High offensive lineman Gavin Cupp has in Michigan State since speaking with Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio on Tuesday night and receiving an offer from the Spartans head man.
“I’m very interested in Michigan State,” said Cupp. “It’s a place every time we make a visit, we walk away pretty happy. We can’t really say that about every school we’ve visited so to get that offer felt pretty great.”
The Spartans have built a reputation of shooting straight with prospects and Cupp appreciates the honesty shown him and his family.
“It’s been nice that Michigan State has been straight with me,” he said. “They are not a school that has asked me to call them so many times. In fact, I might talk with Michigan State once every couple of months as they are more worried about the visits than just keeping in touch with you. I’m sure that will change now with them offering.”
The Spartans approach has been a team effort according to the 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman.
“I’ve been talking with Coach (Jim) Bollman, Coach (Mark) Staten and Coach (Mike) Tressel,” he explained. “Now I’m also talking with Coach Dantonio and it was great talking with him.”
A recent on campus visit gave Cupp more time with each of the members of the Spartans staff especially Dantonio.
“I visited Friday and spoke with him about four times there,” he said. “All the coaches were great when I was there.”
As for how Cupp received the offer Tuesday night is something he’ll remember for awhile.
“I was talking with Coach Bollman and he told me to give Coach D a call,” he continued. “So that was pretty awesome to begin with and then just to hear from him and him to offer was awesome. He asked if I was ready to commit, but I told him I didn’t want to make an emotional decision and needed to sit down with my parents and coach.”
When does Cupp feel a college decision could be made?
“Once I get all my opportunities I’ll sit down and figure out which one is best for me,” he said. “Right now we’re just seeing all the opportunities and always looking to go anywhere.”
Cupp will be unable to attend the Spartans annual Green – White game as he’ll be attending prom. But the Spartans have made an early impression and are a team high on his list of options.