Big Ten: Marcus Baugh

Marcus Baugh in trouble again

January, 21, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State redshirt freshman tight end Marcus Baugh has been charged with underage drinking for a second time, and could again be facing discipline after a rocky first season with the program.

According to Franklin County court documents, Baugh was picked up near campus on Friday and cited with prohibited use of alcohol, a misdemeanor violation for which he will be arraigned on Monday. Citing sources, ElevenWarriors.com reported that the talented but thus far troubled tight end would be suspended by Urban Meyer.

A school spokesman was not aware of any discipline as of Tuesday evening, but Baugh was previously suspended by the Ohio State coach for a similar violation last July that cost him the first game of the season and left him without a scholarship during the summer and barred from team activities.

Baugh wound up redshirting after initially coming to campus with high expectations given his athletic ability and size at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds. He was a four-star recruit according to ESPN.com after catching 68 passes for 1,138 yards and 10 touchdowns during his final two seasons in high school in Riverside, Calif. He was expected to develop into another difficult matchup in the passing game for the Buckeyes along with returning tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett.

Instead, Baugh spent his first season entirely on the sidelines after his early misstep -- and more punishment appears to be on the way.
It has been an unfortunately busy time on the police blotter for some Ohio State players, and Urban Meyer has responded by handing out punishment to four Buckeyes.

In an official announcement from the program, Meyer said he has suspended running back Carlos Hyde from all football team activities pending the outcome of the student code of conduct and criminal investigations. Hyde was named as a person of interest in a weekend assault case. The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier Monday that Hyde had been dismissed from the team; this announcement at least leaves the door open for Hyde's return, should he be cleared of charges.

Junior cornerback Bradley Roby will not attend Big Ten media days because of his misdemeanor arrest on a battery charge over the weekend in Bloomington, Ind. The team said Roby could face additional discipline as more information becomes known.

True freshman tight end Marcus Baugh, who was arrested earlier this month for underage possession of alcohol and possessing a fake identification, has been removed from all team activities and will sit out the first game of the season on Aug. 31 against Buffalo. He will also lose his scholarship money for summer school.

Finally, true freshman defensive lineman Tim Gardner has been sent home and will not be a part of the 2013 team after he was charged Saturday night by Columbus police with obstruction of official business.

“I have a clear set of core values in place that members of this football program are constantly reminded of and are expected to honor,” Meyer said in the school's release. “There are also expectations with regard to behavior. I expect our players to conduct themselves responsibly and appropriately and they will be held accountable for their actions.”

“Swift, effective and fair discipline is the standard for our entire athletics program,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in the statement. “I applaud Coach Meyer for his immediate actions.”

Meyer took quick and decisive action in these cases. Still, you can expect him to field several questions about disciplinary matters and off-field issues when he speaks at Big Ten media days on Wednesday in Chicago. The Buckeyes can only hope this is the last of their legal problems before the start of the season.

B1G recruits in latest ESPN 300

January, 11, 2013
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The folks at ESPN Recruiting have presented their final pre-signing day version of the ESPN 300, listing the nation's top prospects in the 2013 class.

Let's see which Big Ten commits made the rundown (note: positions listed by ESPN Recruiting):
  • No. 11: CB Eli Apple (formerly Woodard), signed with Ohio State
  • No. 15: QB Christian Hackenberg, committed to Penn State
  • No. 43: CB Gareon Conley, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 48: LB Trey Johnson, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 49: WR Jalin Marshall, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 56: DT Joey Bosa, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 62: CB Cam Burrows, signed with Ohio State
  • No. 67: TE Adam Breneman, signed with Penn State
  • No. 88: CB Jourdan Lewis, committed to Michigan
  • No. 91: G David Dawson, committed to Michigan
  • No. 93 ATH Dymonte Thomas, committed to Michigan
  • No. 101: G Patrick Kugler, committed to Michigan
  • No. 102: TE Marcus Baugh, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 104: OT Logan Tuley-Tillman, committed to Michigan
  • No. 106: OT Evan Lisle, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 109: RB Ezekiel Elliott, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 114: LB Mike McCray II, committed to Michigan
  • No. 116: DE Taco Charlton, committed to Michigan
  • No. 127: QB Shane Morris, committed to Michigan
  • No. 128: LB Mike Mitchell, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 134: OT Chris Fox, committed to Michigan
  • No. 147: ATH Rashard Fant, committed to Indiana
  • No. 149: RB Corey Clement, committed to Wisconsin
  • No. 157: G Kyle Bosch, committed to Michigan
  • No. 164: QB Matt Alviti, committed to Northwestern
  • No. 177: QB Danny Etling, signed with Purdue
  • No. 182: TE Jake Butt, committed to Michigan
  • No. 188: LB Shane Jones, committed to Michigan State
  • No. 208: G Brendan Mahon, committed to Penn State
  • No. 216: DT Michael Hill, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 218: S Jayme Thompson, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 232: WR Jaron Dukes, committed to Michigan
  • No. 237: WR Dominic Walker, committed to Nebraska
  • No. 247: QB Johnny Stanton, committed to Nebraska
  • No. 254: DT Henry Poggi, committed to Michigan
  • No. 261: QB J.T. Barrett, signed with Ohio State
  • No. 265: RB Keyante Green, committed to Purdue
  • No. 279: DT Darius Latham, committed to Indiana
  • No. 280: ATH Ben Gedeon, committed to Michigan
  • No. 281: DT Donovan Munger, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 281: QB Damion Terry, committed to Michigan State
  • No. 287: DT Billy Price, committed to Ohio State
  • No. 296: LB Marcus Newby, committed to Nebraska

Ohio State (15 recruits) and Michigan (14) dominate the ESPN 300, but Nebraska has made a nice push recently and Indiana will surprise some folks with multiple entries. Three Big Ten teams -- Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota -- don't have a recruit ranked in the ESPN 300.

The latest class rankings also are out. Insider Ohio State holds steady at No. 4, while Michigan drops a spot to No. 7. Penn State holds steady at No. 24, while Nebraska moves up a spot to No. 26 and Wisconsin moves up two spots to No. 30. Michigan State holds steady at No. 34, while Indiana moves down a spot and rounds out the top 40.

The 2013 ESPN 150 -- our list of the top high school rising seniors in the country (now with less U!) -- was unveiled this afternoon. And the Big Ten's hand prints are all over the list, which you can find in its entirety here. (You can read more about the class, including spotlights on Penn State commit Christian Hackenberg and Ohio State recruit Cam Burrows, here).

Twenty players from the list have already committed to Big Ten schools. So of the 77 players who have committed, the Big Ten claims more than a quarter of them. The Big Ten only signed 12 players from the 2012 ESPN 150 list.

Michigan is responsible for the biggest portion of that haul. The Wolverines -- who have 17 total commitments for the '13 class -- boast 11 ESPN 150 prospects in their corner so far.

That's easily the most of any school in the country. Texas and Florida are next with seven ESPN 150 commits each, followed by Alabama and Georgia with six. Alabama had the top class in the country this year with 13 ESPN 150 signees. Michigan has a chance to compete for the top class ranking next year if this current group holds together and gets a few more notable additions. Brady Hoke and his staff have done an excellent job of locking up early pledges.

Ohio State is doing well, too. The Buckeyes currently have five ESPN 150 commits for Urban Meyer, including three in the top 55 of the list.

But the league school with the highest-ranked prospect so far is Penn State. Let's take a look at the players from the list who are currently committed to a Big Ten team:

No. 11: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

No. 12: Eli Woodard, CB, Ohio State

No. 21: Cam Burrows, CB, Ohio State

No. 37: Shane Morris, QB, Michigan

No. 39: Adam Breneman, TE, Penn State

No. 55: Jalin Marshall, ATH, Ohio State

No. 63: Gareon Conley, CB, Michigan

No. 75: Mike McCray II, OLB, Michigan

No. 92: David Dawson, OG, Michigan

No. 97: Logan Tuley-Tillman, OT, Michigan

No. 98: Dymonte Thomas, ATH, Michigan

No. 105: Chris Fox, OT, Michigan

No. 107: Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan

No. 112: Kyle Bosch, OG, Michigan

No. 113: Matt Alviti, QB, Northwestern

No. 115: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

No. 121: Patrick Kugler, OG, Michigan

No. 123: Greg Webb, DT, Penn State

No. 127: Marcus Baugh, TE, Ohio State

No. 142: Evan Lisle, OT, Ohio State

Here is where we issue the requisite word of caution, as these are only verbal commitments and it's a long way until signing day next February. Things can change a lot between now and then, and star rankings do not always predict college success. But clearly the Big Ten is doing a good job competing for the nation's highest-ranked prospects during this recruiting cycle.

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