Every college football program has under-the-radar recruits who don’t seem to get the attention they deserve.
When dealing with the Ohio State Buckeyes' 2013 recruiting class, there are two players who aren’t mentioned a whole lot but have a chance to become stars by the time their careers are over: Marcus Baugh and Darron Lee.
Baugh is on the offensive side of the ball at tight end, and Lee is on defense at safety. Both have great physical aspects needed to excel at the collegiate level.
He is a 6'4'' prospect who is ranked as the No. 3 tight end in the Nation by Scout.com.
ElevenWarriors reported that Baugh said, “They said they plan on using me like Aaron Hernandez.” If Baugh could turn into the type of player that Hernandez was at Florida, this offense would be more lethal than it already is.
It’s not a given that Baugh will be able to start from Day 1, though. Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett are both returning from last year’s squad. It's worth noting that Baugh is more of a receiving threat than the other two, but blocking is where he will have to show the most growth if he wants a shot at early playing time.
Still, there’s plenty of reason to be excited about the tight end from Riverside, Calif.
Baugh has elite athleticism for his size; he was also a linebacker in high school. There’s no doubt that coach Urban Meyer landed a gem when Baugh gave his commitment.
Lee also possesses great size at the safety position. At 6'2'', 205 pounds, Lee has the frame to put on even more weight if needed.
He’s a player who can be a true safety or even slide down to the "star" position on the Ohio State defense. With his size, Lee is also a strong defender in the run game. In addition to being a feared hitter on defense, Lee played quarterback in his high school’s option attack.
"Hard work pays off,” Lee exclaimed to Matt Barnes of NBC4. “Go in there, bust your butt and do whatever you can to get noticed. It really pays off,” he said when referring to his offer from Ohio State last summer.
Lee’s speed could be the biggest asset of his game that few are mentioning. Whether it’s straight-line speed or closing speed on the football field, Lee has both.
There will definitely be a chance for him to compete for playing time right away. It could be on special teams, or it could be in the rotation on defense. Either way, it would be hard to leave an athlete like this on the bench.
A bright future awaits Darron Lee, and he is one player who fans should be extremely excited about.