Scarlet Sunrise: Former Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh earns another NFL shot

Scarlet Sunrise: Former Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh earns another NFL shot

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Former Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh signed with the Steelers. (Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

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Former Buckeyes tight end Marcus Baugh signs with Steelers

Marcus Baugh hasn’t had the NFL career he hoped to following his time at Ohio State.

Baugh has bounced around the NFL and spent time with three NFL teams and an AAF team since leaving the Buckeyes in 2018. But he now has another chance in the NFL. Baugh signed a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, the team announced.

After going undrafted in the 2018 draft, Baugh signed with the Oakland Raiders and spent time on their practice squad. He was on the Carolina Panthers practice squad in 2019 and made active roster with the Washington Football Team last season before getting cut in May.

Now he has a chance to revitalize his NFL career with a training camp shot in Pittsburgh, where he’ll be on the same team as former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Baugh signed with the Steelers.

Duane Washington goes undrafted, signs with Pacers

Duane Washington Jr. was one of the most lethal scorers in the Big Ten last season. He used that scoring ability to propel into consideration for being selected in the NBA draft.

Although he wasn’t selected in the two-round draft Thursday night, Washington will still get his NBA shot. He signed a two-way contract with the Indiana Pacers after the draft concluded.

Washington, who averaged 16.4 points per game for the Buckeyes last season, will likely be assigned to the NBA G League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants with a possibility to appear in the NBA with the Pacers at some point. If he spends more than 45 days with the Pacers, they’ll have to sign him again for the full season.

Washington was a star for the Buckeyes last season. Now he’s getting a chance to play in the NBA with the Pacers.

Key Buckeyes targets visiting elsewhere this weekend

Ohio State had a lot of big-time visitors on campus on Thursday for the Buckeyes Bash and BBQ.

The “camp” welcomed a handful of top Buckeyes prospects for a day of hanging out and low-pressure recruiting efforts. The casual cookout has become a regular event at college campuses around the country as coaches continue to look for new, creative ways to get some face time with top players and their families.

While the Buckeyes are working on the young guys on their campus, a couple of huge Ohio State targets are visiting other schools hosting similar events. Which key recruits are on the road? How worried should the Buckeyes — and Buckeyes fans — be?

Lettermen Row’s Jeremy Birmingham and Spencer Holbrook broke down three key Buckeyes targets and where they are visiting this weekend in the latest Talking Stuff presented by Byers Auto.

READ: Top Buckeyes targets making important visits with recruiting rivals

Chris Olave makes Walter Camp Award watch list

While analysts projected Chris Olave as a first- or second-round pick in January, the Buckeyes wide receiver made the decision to return to Columbus. He opted to return for a final season to become a more complete wideout and help deliver Ohio State a national title.

The first-team All-Big Ten selection built a strong case as college football’s top wideout last season when he was catching passes from Justin Fields. But he has a laundry list of items he believed he could improve on. Now he is top returning receiver in the nation. On Friday morning he was named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Award, which is awarded to college football’s player of the year.

With another offseason of work in the weight room with Mickey Marotti and route running work with Brian Hartline, Chris Olave has the opportunity to be the top wide receiver in college football.

If he can do that, there’s no reason why he can’t contend for the Walter Camp Award.

READ: Buckeyes place leader, top receiver on Walter Camp watch list

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