West Recruiting Notebook

A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook, where the region's top tight end commits to a Big Ten powerhouse...

Baugh Goes Buckeyes

When Urban Meyer was the head coach at Utah, even for those quick two years, he recruited the West Coast well.  When he went down to Florida, he still had a presence in the West.

Once he got to Ohio State, some questioned whether he'd return out West for recruits.

Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North tight end Marcus Baugh gave that answer a resounding yes.

The West's top tight end in the class of 2013, Baugh committed to the Buckeyes this week, having yet to visit Columbus, but wanting to be a part of the Buckeyes future.

"There are a lot of reasons why I committed to Ohio State but coach Meyer was a big one. He's a great coach and has always had great success using the tight end. I want to be the next Aaron Hernandez, I think I play a similar game and that's how they plan to use me," Baugh told Greg Biggins of Scout.com.  "I love the tradition at Ohio State and I also have family in the area and that was important as well. I'll have a nice support group around me since I'll be pretty far from home."

  • The evaluation period starts next week and this weekend is the IMG/Madden 7on7 West Regional Qualifying Tournament, as the spring really ramps up the next few weeks.  The NLA Elite 7on7 three weeks ago and the SoCal NFTC signaled the beginning of camp season and things will be plenty busy out West in the next few months.

  • UCLA added their second offensive lineman to the mix when Fallbrook (Calif.) offensive tackle Sean Dowling committed to the Bruins on Thursday.

  • Westlake (Calif.) cornerback Dashon Hunt, a UCLA commit, was offered by Oregon State.
  • Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco offensive lineman Nico Falah picked up an offer from Duke this week.
  • San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Devin Holiday got his second offer, from Arizona.
  • Downey (Calif.) Modesto quarterback Aaron Zwahlen got his first offer from Hawaii.
  • Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Cameron Judge got his ninth offer, from Duke.
  • Paramount (Calif.) offensive tackle Chris Borrayo's second offer is in and it comes from Colorado.
  • Orange (Calif.) Lutheran guard John Lopez picked up offers from Arizona State and San Diego State.

    National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this notebook

    Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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