Looking Forward: 2014 Tight Ends
By Tony Gerdeman
Much in the same way that the recruitment of slot receivers has become the "Search for the next Percy Harvin", Ohio State's treasure hunt for tight ends has turned into the "Search for the next Aaron Hernandez".
The days of Ohio State looking for a tight end like Reid Fragel are gone for now, and the quest for tight ends who can split out and make plays after the catch is in full effect.
Ohio State currently has one such tight end committed in the 2013 class in Marcus Baugh. Baugh was a tough cover in 7-on-7 tournaments last summer, and he's just the type of receiver that the Buckeyes are looking for.
For the 2014 class, they are targeting similar athletes, including some who are still playing receiver, yet project as a hybrid. Ohio State wants tight ends who can move around and be versatile, and you can see that in the players being targeted.
|Tyler Luatua (6-4 230) La Mirada CA (Uncommitted)
#1 TE per 247 Sports, #1 TE per Scout
|Luatua has a brother who plays at Alabama, so right now this appears to be a battle between USC and Alabama. He also has offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma and UCLA. Surprise, Ohio State has talked to Luatua about how he reminds them of Aaron Hernandez. He is also high on the Wolverines. Highlights
|Bryce Dixon (6-4 230) Ventura CA (Uncommitted)
#4 TE per 247 Sports, #10 TE per Scout
|Dixon is another California tight end with offers from both UCLA and California, as well as Ohio State, Arizona and Miami (FL). He has the ability to split out wide and still produce as a pass catcher. According to 247 Sports, Ohio State leads, though Dixon has said everyone is equal. Highlights
|Jeb Blazevich (6-4 230) Charlotte NC (Uncommitted)
#5 TE per 247 Sports, #7 TE per Scout
|Blazevich is yet another North Carolinian on the Buckeyes' radar. Ohio State offered him last spring, and he also has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Miami (FL). You'll be hard-pressed to find a better offer list than this one. Ohio State is in his top six and he would like to make a decision before his senior season. Highlights
|Nic Weishar (6-5 215) Chicago IL (Uncommitted)
#6 TE per 247 Sports, NR per Scout
|Weishar plays receiver in high school, but projects as a guy who can play a hybrid tight end/wide receiver. Ohio State recently offered him, joining the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Iowa and Wisconsin. He caught 89 passes for 1,100 yards and five touchdowns this past season. Highlights
|Moral Stephens (6-4 200) Perry FL (Uncommitted)
#8 TE per 247 Sports, #54 WR per Scout
|Stephens plays receiver, but many believe he will eventually outgrow the position. Ohio State has offered, as have Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL) and Penn State. There are concerns about his speed, which is another reason why many see him as a tight end down the road.
|Austin Roberts (6-2 210) Carmel IN (Uncommitted)
#44 WR per 247 Sports, NR per Scout
|Roberts is currently a receiver, and schools have offered him at that position. However, others have also told him that they think he's going to grow into a hybrid receiver/tight end. That's OSU's belief, and that's why they have offered him. He also has offers from Iowa, Miami (FL), Florida, Northwestern and Stanford. He caught 34 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns last season. Highlights
|Mark Andrews (6-6 225) Scottsdale AZ (Uncommitted)
#7 WR per 247 Sports, #10 WR per Scout
|Andrews looks like a Jake Stoneburner clone, all the way down to being ranked as a receiver by the recruiting services. Ohio State has offered, as have Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, North Carolina and UCLA. He wants to play receiver in college, but understands that he will be asked to move around in most offenses. He is the teammate of quarterback Kyle Allen, who has been his best friend since childhood. Both are being recruited by Ohio State. Andrews caught 81 passes for 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Highlights
|Ethan Wolf (6-6 221) Minster OH (Uncommitted)
NR per 247 Sports, #11 TE per Scout
|Wolf has visited Ohio State for a game, but does not have an offer. However, he has received offers from Illinois, Indiana, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. He has also visited Michigan State and Notre Dame. Highlights
|Jacob Betschel (6-4 235) Jackson OH (Uncommitted)
NR per 247 Sports, NR per Scout
|Betschel has yet to receive any offers, but has visited Ohio State, Michigan and Purdue. He was also invited to games at Wisconsin and Georgia Tech. Highlights
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