Baylor Cupp, tight end — Brock, TX
4 Stars, .9731 247sports Composite rating, top tight end in the country
You don’t have to be from a big-time football powerhouse in order to be one of the top recruits in the nation. In the year 2000, the population of Brock, Texas was reported to be 80 people. However, it is like I stated earlier- if an athlete can play, an athlete can play. Baylor Cupp can most certainly play. Since the sensational Jace Sternberger is headed for the NFL and since Jimbo Fisher’s offense uses the tight end so much, it is even more crucial Cupp is the real deal.
Cupp is already more impressive than Sternberger on paper. Cupp is measured at 6-foot-6 compared to Sternberger at 6-foot-4, and after a year in the weight room will probably outweigh Sternberger. Plus, at only eighteen years old, there’s always the possibility that he will continue to add on an inch or so.
With Jimbo Fisher bringing back the importance of the tight end to College Station, the Ags will place even more emphasis on Cupp. If he can use his giant frame and sure hands, there’s a chance he could match Sternberger’s stats and maybe the small town kid can win what was rightfully Sternberger’s — the John Mackey Award for being the nation’s best tight end.
Don’t expect Cupp to get as many targets as Sternberger though. With the return of Mond’s favorite target, Jhamon Ausbon, and emerging stars like Quartney Davis and Sir Kendrick Rodgers the Dreadful, Mond will have plenty of options to throw to, so the lanky freshman may not break onto the scene like Sternberger. Plus, Jalen Preston should be seeing the field more this coming season, adding one more guy to list of players who can catch the football.
Still, the tight end role is becoming more prevalent in Aggieland. Who knows what Jimbo has up his sleeve? Fisher supposedly wants to run even more two tight end formations, so perhaps Cupp will receive the torch from Sternberger and pick right up where No. 81 left off. One thing is for sure though, Baylor Cupp is going to be vital to this Aggie offense in some form or fashion.