Better Know A Buckeye: Marcus Baugh

By Vico on April 9, 2013 at 12:00p

Eleven Warriors presents Better Know a Buckeye 2013

All eyes toward college football now. The college basketball season is over, though that has been the case for over a week now after Ohio State failed to secure the West Regional in Los Angeles. The spring game is this Saturday in Cincinnati, and there are still plenty of Buckeyes left to better know.

Marcus Baugh

The eighth installment of the fifth edition of this now 24-part series titled Better Know A Buckeye profiles Marcus Baugh. Baugh, a longtime Ohio State fan from Riverside, California, is the only tight end prospect in Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class, though Urban Meyer definitely helped himself by signing the best tight end on the entire West Coast. His recruitment was very brief and it is given an accordingly brief treatment here. After recapping this story, I discuss strengths and weaknesses before including highlight film and projecting a redshirt. I conclude with miscellaneous things of only minor importance before making the decision that Marcus Baugh is better known. He is put on the board accordingly.

Height: 6'4
Weight: 233 lbs
Fake 40: 4.7
High School: John W. North High School; Riverside, CA

His Recruitment

That Marcus Baugh, from Riverside, California, attracted the attention of Urban Meyer at Ohio State could plausibly be described as a triumph of Urban Meyer's national recruiting perspective. We casually observe that Ohio State's recruiting pull has Ohio State recruiting places unfamiliar to the most attentive Ohio State fan, including Chattanooga, Tennessee (Vonn Bell) and Pendleton, South Carolina (Michael Hill), in this recruiting class alone. This can be understood as evidence of Meyer's ambition to use his clout to get the best players to play at Ohio State, regardless of their state of origin.

Truth is Marcus Baugh was going to get a call from Ohio State's head coach regardless, mostly because Ohio State was one of the first places to which he sent film for evaluation. Baugh fancied the Buckeyes from afar. He has an aunt who lives in Reynoldsburg, Ohio (home of the Raiders and birthplace of the tomato!), as well as numerous cousins from his mom's side of the family. His last visit to Ohio State was when he was twelve years old, but he's close with that side of his family (especially his cousins). Distance was never going to be a factor for Baugh, and really, it's becoming less a factor for most Southern California prospects who can and will travel. Baugh wanted Ohio State's attention from the beginning while he was visiting places like Arizona State. Given how talented he is, he was going to get what he wanted.

Meyer first made contact early February of 2012 to communicate Ohio State's interest. The first contact was apparently via Facebook, through which Meyer introduced himself and told Baugh that he had a lot of qualities that reminded the Ohio State head coach of Aaron Hernandez, Meyer's star pupil at the tight end/H-back position while at Florida. From there, Baugh was advised to get in contact with Tim Hinton, his would-be position coach to find out more about Ohio State's offense and the coaches. For the meantime, though, an offer wasn't forthcoming. While Baugh waited, he acquired offers from places like Arizona State and Florida, among many others.

Ohio State finally extended a scholarship offer in March. Baugh was aware that he was without a scholarship offer after the first contact with the coaching staff, though a follow-up inquiry a month later led Tim Hinton to inform him that he indeed had a verbal scholarship offer on record. It was basically a fait accompli from there.

His Commitment

On April 10th of last year, Marcus Baugh committed to Ohio State, becoming the eighth member of Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class.

Why Baugh chose Ohio State is a bit overdetermined. The family connections and distant support of Ohio State notwithstanding, Baugh was a big Urban Meyer fan. Most recruits are, given Meyer's charisma and his success at Florida. Baugh, in particular, was enamored with Ohio State's offense and the role it creates for a tight end with Baugh's size and speed. Baugh committed to Ohio State sight unseen (for all intents and purposes), but it was what he wanted all along.

Baugh chose Ohio State over multiple offers, though Arizona State may have been the primary competition.

Where He Excels

Athleticism is a recurring theme in this recruiting class. Almost everyone possesses imposing size for the position and jaw-dropping speed. Baugh is no different.

At 6'4, he is a bit on the short side for a standard tight end. As such, he is commonly described as more an H-back and less a tight end, though the distinction is not terribly meaningful. The common comparison that comes up is, yes, Aaron Hernandez. Much like the shadow that Percy Harvin has cast on guys like Jalin Marshall in this class, Urban Meyer would love another tight end as versatile as Aaron Hernandez was for his three years in Gainesville. To that end, Baugh's combination of strength, athleticism, and speed would have him as a hopeful to fit the bill.

Really, Baugh could play any number of positions in college. He was a talented defensive end and linebacker as a two-way player in high school. His home seems to be on offense, mostly because allowing him to be an offensive playmaker would allow him to make the most of his athleticism. He poses speed problems for linebackers and size and strength problems for safeties. He could feasibly add another 15-20 pounds. He's a wonderful complement to young, and already established, tight ends like Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett.

Must Wo​rk On

Baugh is a little on the short end for the position. He's listed at 6'4, but, who knows. Jake Stoneburner was listed at 6'5 by Ohio State before shrinking to 6'3 in the NFL Combine. Aaron Hernandez was listed at 6'4 by recruiting services (Rivals, Scout) in high school before shrinking to 6'1 in the NFL. Again, who knows.

Big question would be blocking and, in particular, blitz pickup. It will be a large part of his position, though I didn't see a lot of it on high school film. Baugh at least understands the importance of blocking and is eager to block, but repetition may not be there. Baugh was basically a wide receiver on offense.


Junior year will have to do.


This is another somewhat tricky one. I also learned my lesson well from last week.

The knee-jerk reaction is to say "possibly". Ohio State is young at tight end, but proven at tight end. If Ohio State is trying to maximize the amount of running backs it can get on the field (through the use of diamond formation, for example), that may leave tight ends as role players in the core of the offense. Baugh has the talent to play right away, but his immediate contributions may not be necessary.

With this in mind, I still think Baugh finds his way on the field for some reserve duty. I'm not sure he is an immediate breakout performer among a solid group of tight ends, but my guess is he doesn't redshirt. He may even have a highlight or two.


  • Baugh is an Under Armour All-American. He actually won the skills challenge among the linemen.
  • Head coach was Mark Paredes, who actually left John W. North for another head coaching position at Damien High School near San Dimas. He had previously coached Chris Claiborne while at John W. North.
  • John W. North, if you were curious, is the guy who founded Riverside, California. He also founded the eponymous Northfield, Minnesota, which is home of Carleton College.
  • Baugh actually started track during his junior year of high school. He ran 100, 200 and the 4x400 meter relay. J.W. North's track program is rather legendary, producing gold medalists like Joanna Hayes.
  • He had 38 catches for 610 yards and three touchdowns as a senior for J.W. North. He was a second-team Division II all-state pick as a senior as well. His senior year ended with a first-round loss to Kaiser High School in the CIF-SS playoffs.
  • Baugh's older brother, Mike Clausen, played college football at UNLV. Baugh considers him an important influence on his athletic development.
  • He's also an accomplished high school basketball player. His senior year saw the J.W. North Huskies go 31-4 and win a CIF Championship.
  • Interview features: Eleven Warriors, Los Angeles Times (article).

Well, I think Marcus Baugh is better known.

The More You Know

Let's put him on the board.

Name POS Ht Wt Hometown Committed Better Known
Cameron Burrows DB 5'11 200 Trotwood, OH 01.19.12 02.19.13
Jalin Marshall WR 5'11 196 Middletown, OH 01.30.12 02.26.13
Billy Price DT 6'4 300 Austintown, OH 02.13.12 03.05.13
Eli Apple DB 6-1 188 Voorhees, NJ 02.16.12 03.12.13
Evan Lisle OL 6-5 280 Centerville, OH 02.28.12 03.19.13
Jayme Thompson S 6-2 184 Toledo, OH 04.01.12 03.26.13
Ezekiel Elliott RB 6-0 195 St. Louis, MO 04.01.12 04.02.13
Marcus Baugh TE 6-4 233 Riverside, CA 04.10.12 04.09.13



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ATXbucknut's picture

Good stuff!  Thanks, Vico.  I personally don't think he'll redshirt.  He'll get some backup playing time his freshman year.

shadybuck's picture

ha Mr. Elliot sure set the record straight on last weeks feature

Squirrel Master's picture

I have to say that is awesome. I doubt it the only family member/player to visit this site and comment but that was pretty cool.
I am glad Mr. Elliot took the time to say those things. I also hope he saw how much we hated seeing the silly comments towards him and his family during NSD in February. I would apologize for all of buckeye nation if it meant anything. It is going to be so great having Eze on the team.
Lets see if Marcus or anyone from his family visits us.

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shadybuck's picture

Yea that was really awesome of him to take his time to shed some light on their plans for the offense in the coming season(s), personally ever since i saw Zeke's junior tape i have been so excited to see him take the field, and never thought there would even be a question of redshirting.
I think that is the first time i have seen a family member or player/recruit comment on here but i hope its not the last.
As far as former players go i love seeing bam childress comment on here, he was always one of my favorites (probably because of his small stature and jersey number, and later i have come to appreciate him more for beating out that douche bag of a QB from my home town for Mr. Football).

spqr2008's picture

San Dimas High School Football Rocks!!

Orlando Pancakes's picture

I'm picking up what you're putting down but it's "rules", not "rocks". Now you have me wondering if that movie still holds up today.....hmmm?

Bam_Childress's picture

He runs like Colin Kaepernick

5 ft 9 in - 185 lbs - ALL HEART

MattyBeingMatty's picture

I get very anxious when hearing his name with Hernandez.  When at Florida they used to run the triple option with Tebow and a pitch guy and Hernandez cutting underneath the unblocked end as the third option.  It was pretty close to unstoppable and think Braxton would excel with these types of reads that open up big plays.  
Great work Vico!
Went back and found this to add on

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cinserious's picture

San Dimas High School football RULES!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

740 BUCKEYE's picture

So much talent on this roster and the hits just keep on coming. I love the energy and effort shown in his video. If the kid puts on 15-20 pounds of "good" weight, he could be a beast with his athleticism.
This is becoming an embarrassment of riches....I LOVE IT!!! PUT HIM ON THE BOARD!!!

Buckabroad's picture

Excellent series and great write-up!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

Hovenaut's picture

I see great things from Marcus as a Buckeye. Excellent write up again Vico.

zbd's picture

He looks like about 6'7" on the field.  Runs great for a big guy too.

UrbanCulture's picture

A lot of his highlights were on defense too! athletic for sure

Jangs78's picture

Awesome as always, Vico......loved this series on OHD and love it even more now that you're a part of the 11W family!

Squirrel Master's picture

Its funny because Baugh might be the most unheralded recruit in this class that is going to do some amazing things. We all talk about Eze and Jalin, the speed of Wilson and Clark, JT and even all the defensive talent. We don't talk much about the fact that this kid is a phenom waiting to play. We aren't used to a TE being an intrigral part of the offense. We have hoped in the past with Stoney and Ballard but Baugh could quite possible redefine the position in OSU history.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Looks like an outstanding athlete.  Can't wait to see him on the field!  Great article!
Go Bucks!!

BuddhaBuck's picture

I don't love using this comparison, but I believe they're similar sized TE/H-Backs.. Anyway, he reminds me of Travis Beckum. Lots of nightmares of Mr. Beckum running around our LBs and Safetys... 

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Dread's picture

Anybody notice the play at :32. How on earth did the QB get the ball. I looks like he is out wide in a bunch set.

Knarcisi's picture

Ohio State has never seen this type of athleticism at TE. Buckle up Buckeye fans. 

buckeyestu's picture

Great highlights, cant wait to see him on the field.

thowen79's picture

He looks like he's playing against a bunch of Freshmen in this video, definitely looks like the most athletic guy on the field!

Psychranger's picture

The young man is a burner for his size with sure hands and not afraid of contact. Smart with solid character as well. 


osubuckeye4life's picture

Marcus is very athletic! I think we are going to see a revolution to TE position at tOSU.