Thursday, February 21, 2013
Assessing the 2014 tight end position
By Brad Bournival
Ohio State hit a home run in the recruiting class of 2013 when it landed tight end Marcus Baugh (Riverside, Calif./John W. North).
Now, the Buckeyes will try to make it two seasons in a row at the tight end position.
Baugh, an ESPN 150 senior, won the linemen skills challenge in January, further cementing his status as a can’t-miss tight end for the next four or five years in the Ohio State spread offense.
As the recruiting calendar turns to 2014, the Buckeyes have already offered Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte/Charlotte Christian), Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), Vincent Jackson (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) and Nic Weishar (Chicago/Marist).
The key names among the four are Weishar and Blazevich. Both are ESPN Watch List juniors with incredible upside and offer sheets that reads like a Who’s Who among BCS schools.
Weishar counts 12 offers on his resume and is Big Ten heavy with Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin showing strong interest.
As a sophomore, he recorded 73 catches for 1,160 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Weishar made 89 catches for 1,034 yards and scored five times last season.
Blazevich is next in line after Weishar. The 6-5, 223-pound Blazevich has a top six and the Buckeyes are among his finalists along with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame and Ole Miss.
Last season, Blazevich made 30 catches for 379 yards and five touchdowns.