COLUMBUS — Gavin Cupp has noticed he’s on a different level in more ways than one since arriving at Ohio State in early June.
There is the level of competition. The level of the intensity in training. And he has even found himself standing up a little straighter and walking taller.
The 6-foot, 5-inch, 300-pound freshman offensive linemen discovered early that OSU’s linemen are a pretty tall bunch of guys.
“When you stand around people as tall as you, you tend to put your chest out a little bit and see if you can get to eye level. I think maybe it stretched me out a little bit,” the Leipsic High School graduate said, with a laugh, on Sunday at Ohio State’s football media day.
Cupp, who was first-team All-Ohio in Division VII last season, was one of four offensive linemen Ohio State signed in February after bringing in a combined total of 11 players on the offensive line in 2014 and 2015.
He says he has learned a lot since settling in at OSU five days after graduating from Leipsic. “I’ve learned so much this summer it’s kind of tough to say all I’ve learned,” he said.
If there was a “Welcome to college” moment for him it came before he stepped onto the practice field. It was when he encountered Ohio State strength coach Mickey Marotti for the first time.
“That first workout, ‘Woo,’ ” Cupp said. “It opened your eyes a little bit.”
What will come Cupp’s way in the future at Ohio State is still to be determined. But he says he will do everything he can to get himself into a position where he gets playing time.
“I’m just going to work my butt off and see what happens,” he said. “Anything is possible if you work hard. I’m just bringing all my effort. I’m going to go hard all the time.”
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.