McElwain notes improvement in Rams
Colorado State takes field for its second spring drills under Jim McElwain
New CSU coach lands 24
2012 Signing Class Highlights; 24 players
2012 (Freshman): Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.
High School: Played offensive tackle and defensive end as a three-year letterman at Vacaville High School, halfway between Oakland and Sacramento in Northern California...A mauling run blocker, literally led Vacaville and a devastating offense that produced four 1,000-yard rushers and 143 rushing TDs over his final two seasons, 2010 and '11; team combined for a 33-5 record during his three seasons at the varsity level...A two-year starter, did not touch the ball on offense as a high-school player...A first-team all-state lineman and the Offensive Lineman of the Year in both his region (Fairfield Daily Republic) and league (Monticello Empire) as a 2011 senior captain, played a key role in the Bulldogs' Division II state championship...A first-team all-Sac-Joaquin Section lineman and the team's overall MVP, blocked for a pair of 1,000-yard rushers as the team produced 79 TDs on the ground en route to the section and state crowns...As a first-year starter on the defensive side of the ball in 2011, racked up 13 sacks and 69 tackles, as well as five fumble recoveries, one of which clinched a VHS win on its opponent's final drive)...Also forced two fumbles, and in the Bulldogs' 27-19 win over St. Mary's in the second round of the playoffs, deflected a pass to his defensive tackle to end a fourth-quarter threat...As a junior in 2010, started at offensive tackle and helped the Bulldogs to a 10-2 mark and a berth in the second round of the state bracket, paving the path for two 1,000-yard rushers and an offense that ran for 64 touchdowns...Did not start on defense as a junior until the playoffs, and finished with 21 tackles, one sack, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble...In 2009, saw plenty of playing time as a sophomore reserve lineman...Head football coach was Mike Papadopoulos, the California Division II Coach of the Year in 2011...An All-American in wrestling, also lettered four years in that sport, placing fifth at state as a junior...Swept five opponents from all over the country at the Minnesota Clash tournament...Ranked at the time of his signing as the nation's No. 8 wrestler and No. 2 in California, had just pinned his adversary in 31 seconds to win the heavyweight championship of the prestigious 2012 Puma Classic...Owns larger-than-average hands (10 inches)...Improved his time in the 40-yard dash from 5.2 to 4.6 during his high school years...Top bench press in high school was 350...Also carried a 3.0 GPA.
Personal: Given name Jonathan Alexander Schupp...Last name is pronounced SHOOP...Born Dec. 24, 1993, in Fairfield, Calif. ...Mother's name is Tami, father's name is Jurgen and step mother is Sherry...Has one older sister...Late grandfather Rafael Garcia continues to serve as his inspiration in athletics; a champion Golden Gloves boxer that had multiple offers to play college football, Garcia instead opted to serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in the Korean war...Wears an "RIP Rafael" tattoo on his left arm, and prior to every competition says a prayer in honor of his grandfather...Majoring in communication studies at Colorado State...Hometown: Vacaville, Calif.