California Tight End Marcus Baugh Commits to Ohio State
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With much of the talk this Spring about the dynamic future that Urban Meyer's offense holds for Buckeye tight ends, it should come as no surprise then that Ohio State received a verbal commitment from one of the nation's top tight end prospects on Tuesday.
Marcus Baugh (6-4 229), from John W. North High School in Riverside California, committed to Ohio State on Tuesday despite not having visited the school since he was twelve-years old.
"I felt like it was the best place for me," Baugh told ESPN.com. "I want to play under Urban Meyer. I love the way he’s going to use me … like Aaron Hernandez."
Baugh is ranked as the nation's number three tight end by 247Sports, who also ranks him their 93rd-best player in the nation overall. Rivals has him as their 5th-ranked tight end, and 114th-ranked player overall. Scout ranks him the number seven tight end and the 154th-best player in the nation.
The Buckeyes won Baugh's services over the likes of California, Arizona State, Florida, Miami, Nebraska, UCLA and Washington. Oregon and USC were also in contact with him.
Baugh, who has family in the Columbus area, has always had Ohio State on his mind, but found an offer from the Buckeyes too much to say no to.
"I love the Ohio State tradition and love the Horseshoe and have always wanted to play in the Horseshoe," he told the Columbus Dispatch.
Baugh was offered by Meyer on March 12, and then spent the next few weeks dominating seven-on-seven camps and combines.
He was one of the top performers at the New Level Athletics Elite 7-on-7 in late March, proving nearly impossible to cover. He was then named to ESPN.com's All-Combine Team a week later at the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp.
Per ESPN.com's scouting report following the event, "Baugh has all the makings of developing into a big-time playmaker at the next level. His combination of size and strength is very problematic for defenders."
Those problems for defenders will become Ohio State's fortunes in 2013, as Baugh looks like the type of tight end that will thrive in Meyer's offense.
With speed to stretch a defense, and the agility to make plays without much space in which to work, Baugh will be able to get the ball all over the field. With these skills, it's no wonder the lure of being "the next Aaron Hernandez" was so enticing to both he and Meyer.
"I'm kind of like a hybrid," Baugh told CBSSports.com. "I'm pretty much a big receiver but I can block along the line. I can pretty much do whatever a receiver can."
And that's precisely what the Buckeyes will be looking for.
Even though Ohio State just landed one of the nation's top tight ends, it doesn't look like they're finished at the position. They are also waiting on Naples tight end Mike Heuerman, the brother of current Buckeye tight end Jeff Heuerman.
The younger Heuerman is also ranked one of the ten best tight ends in the nation per all three recruiting services, and is scheduled to make his decision on April 27th.
Perhaps coincidentally, he will be spending the prior weekend visiting Ohio State for their Spring Game.
He has offers from Ohio State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Auburn, Florida State, and South Carolina, to name a few.
The 2013 Commitments
1. Cameron Burrows (6-1 195), DB Trotwood, Ohio
2. Jalin Marshall (6-0 190), ATH Middletown, Ohio
3. Billy Price (6-4 280), DT Youngstown, Ohio
4. Eli Woodard (6-1 185) CB Voorhees, New Jersey
5. Evan Lisle (6-6 265) OT Centerville, Ohio
6. Ezekiel Elliott (6-0 200) RB St. Louis, Missouri
7. Jayme Thompson (6-2 184) DB Toledo, Ohio
8. Marcus Baugh (6-4 229) TE Riverside, California
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