School: Leipsic, Ohio.
Projected position: 2016 offensive lineman.
Size: 6-foot-5, 285-pounds.
Ranking: Three-star prospect.
Recruiting: Committed to Ohio State.
WHAT IS THERE TO LIKE? First off, Cupp is a very nasty lineman that plays to the whistle, or just beyond the whistle every play. With lineman, sometimes you wonder if they love football and just play the game because they're big, but not with this kid. He has decent feet, but a nice frame for an offensive lineman. He is a mauler in the run game, and looked good in pass protection at Friday Night Lights going against top flight competition. I wrote in the spring that either Cupp or Jack Wohlabaugh would be in this class, but never saw both of them getting in. It's obvious line boss Ed Warinner liked what he saw a few weeks ago.
WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS? The main worry would be level of competition, and is Cupp beating up on a bunch of players that will never play college football? For me, I'm looking at feet and frame, figuring I can teach him everything else, but quality of competition is valid. His performance at FNL was really good, and possibly the only troubling part was Cupp losing reps once Urban Meyer walked over to watch him from four feet away. Going to cut the kid some slack since his behind was on the line, and Meyer could intimidate a lot of people. I think Cupp is an inside player, but maybe has just enough footwork to slide outside for Warinner.
WHAT ARE THE INTANGIBLES? The obvious intangible is that Cupp risked a lot to come and work out for the Buckeyes. There was no guarantee of him getting offered, especially with the class filling up fast and an abundance of linemen on the roster. You can get all the five-star guys in the world, with offers from everywhere, but there's far more to building a team than collecting talent. This kid appreciates what Ohio State can do for him, and loves the fact that he's going to be a Buckeye. Cupp can be a leader in the weight room, the classroom and on the football field because he loves Ohio State. You build programs around these types of kids just as much as you do the out-of-state studs. He fits with what Warinner wants on the offensive line, and that is what got him in the class.