Marcus Baugh is really excited about his new offer from Ohio State because he's liked the Buckeyes for years and also admires how first-year coach Urban Meyer utilized tight ends when he was at Florida.
Ohio State is definitely under consideration for the four-star tight end from Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North but it's a Pac-12 school that holds the slight edge in his recruitment so far.
"The first time I talked to them they said they were going to offer as soon as possible but never said I had the offer," Baugh said of Ohio State. "I talked to them again and (position coach Tim Hinton) told me I had an offer from Ohio State.
"I actually really like them. I've always been a fan of them and Urban Meyer is a great coach and I really love his offense and how he uses the tight end. I've always kind of liked both. Now that Urban Meyer is at Ohio State it makes it even better."
Baugh, rated No. 114 in the early 2013 rankings by Rivals.com and the top-rated tight end on the West Coast, said he likens his game to former Florida standout Aaron Hernandez but that the four-star blocks more often. On film, Baugh resembles Cornelius Ingram, another Gators' star during the Meyer era.
Even though Ohio State has made an impression on Baugh early in his recruitment it's Arizona State that is slightly ahead at this point. Baugh visited there this past weekend for junior day and was thoroughly impressed with what the Sun Devils have to offer.
His conversations with tight ends coach Chip Long definitely left a lasting impression.
"I don't really have favorites but the one I'm more leaning toward is Arizona State after their junior day," Baugh said.
"The place is beautiful. I really like the coaching staff and I really like how they run their offense. The tight ends coach said he coached D.J. Williams and he's a great tight end."
So far, Baugh has offers from Arizona State, Cal, Florida, Hawaii, Miami, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington. He said USC continues to show interest but the Trojans have not offered yet.