Signing Day Impact: Marcus Baugh

It's National Signing Day in America, and recruits are faxing their letters of intent to their schools of choice across the country. Who is in the fold at Ohio State for the class of 2013?

The spring-time decision by Marcus Baugh to commit to Ohio State came as quite a surprise to many, but the 6-foot-4, 230-pound, tight end was a welcome addition to the Buckeye program.

Baugh will look to battle incumbents Nick Vannett and Jeff Heuerman, as well as redshirt freshman Blake Thomas, for playing time next season.

BREAKDOWN: Watching film is all well and good, but seeing Marcus Baugh in person at the Under Armour All-America Game showed an explosive playmaker from the tight end position. Baugh can be a deep threat from the position, and can be a matchup nightmare because of his size and speed combination. - Bill Greene

Baugh is an incredible athlete on both sides of the ball. He's getting looks primarily as a tight end but could easily play defensive end or even linebacker in college. Also a talented basketball player but his future is on the gridiron. Shows strong hands and projects as a Kellen Winslow type tight end that can make plays down the field. He's much too athletic for a linebacker to cover but has a big size advantage over a safety as well.- Greg Biggins

Baugh On Choosing Ohio State: "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. "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."

"I think I'm a complete tight end," Baugh said. "I can run and catch but I actually enjoy blocking too. I think overall, Ohio State was just a great fit for me and I wanted to get this over with early so I can focus on enjoying my summer and senior year.

"I haven't visited Ohio State since I was 12 but I'm going to check them out soon here. Hopefully I can get out there in the summer and I'll obviously do an official visit as well. I know enough about the school to know it's the best fit for me and I'm very excited to be a Buckeye."

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