JUCO OT Draws Early Interest From Schools

Mount San Antonio OT Joe Kup (6-6, 305) is still waiting for his first offer, but plenty of schools have been showing him some early interest. JCFootball.com spoke to the talented offensive line prospect and he updated us on things including his unofficial visit to a Pac 12 program this weekend...

"So far, I don't have any offers yet, but I have been talking to a lot of different schools," Kup told JCFootball.com. "The ones I have been talking to the most are Arizona State, Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington State, Oklahoma State, Illinois and San Diego State.

"San Diego State has been talking about offering, but they want to see how I do with getting my AA degree.

"I'm also in Arizona because I took an unofficial visit to Arizona State to check out their practice today."

While in Tempe, Kup got a chance to catch up with the coaches and see what the Sun Devils' program has to offer and where they are in their evaluation process with him.

"I loved the facilities and coach (Chris) Thomsen coaching style," Kup noted. "It seems like a great place to play ball at.

"They are highly interested in me, but they haven't offered yet. I'm taking an official visit (to Arizona State) in the summer, so we'll see what happens."

After finishing up his prep career at Richards High School in Chicago, Illinois, Kup signed with South Dakota State, but after redshirting there in 2013, he just didn't feel like it was the right fit, so he started to look around at JUCO programs and after emailing the Mount San Antonio coaches, he decided to head to southern California.

"I researched a lot about what the programs out here are all about and they had a great program here and they got guys moved on to the next level," Kup said.

As a redshirt freshman last fall, Kup started every game for the Mounties at right tackle.

"I'm probably at my best as a run-blocker because I'm intense and I bring that to the table every play," Kup said. "I'm a good pass-blocker too, but I want to get better and I've been doing footwork drills and other stuff, working on my technique, since the end of the season."

As far as his academics are concerned, Kup is on pace to finish things up next winter (in February) and he will have two years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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