“Shock the world,” is one of my least favorite phrases used in sports, and in no way does this decision “shock the world,” but it sure as hell came out of left field and surprised me. Marcus Baugh, currently ranked the #5 overall TE in the country for the 2013 class, had OSU on his short list of schools that he was interested in. Not a big deal there, as lots of recruits do as well. What surprised me, however, was that this California native has made his commitment to Ohio State without ever having an official visit. On top of that, he doesn’t feel that he needs one, has always been a Buckeye fan, and has said that his recruiting process is now entirely, 100% complete. Works for me.
Baugh has good size for the position as it will be used by Urban Meyer’s offense, and has breakaway, playmaking speed to go along with it. He appears to have a quick step off of the line, good hands, and the ability to avoid tacklers once he has the ball. On top of that, Baugh is not worried about competition at the TE spot, as OSU will likely bring in another recruit in this class. Baugh admits that he needs to sharpen his route running this upcoming year, and it extremely excited to be a part of Buckeye Nation. Click to see the stats and junior highlight video of OSU’s 8th commitment in the 2013 class…
Weight: 229 lbs
Hometown/School: Riverside, CA/John W. North High School
Position: Tight End
Welcome to Ohio State, Mr. Baugh.