March 27, 2012

Elite 2014 OL set to visit

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With seven verbal offers to his credit already, St. Louis (Mo.) DeSmet offensive lineman Andy Bauer is quickly establishing himself as one of the top offensive linemen in the class of 2014. The 6-foot-5, 291-pound prospect is ready to wrap up his off-season tour of unofficial visits with a three-day trip to Columbus this coming weekend.

"I get there Friday and I leave Sunday morning," said Bauer. "I know coach (Ed) Warinner, he's been recruiting me and I talk to him a lot. He's talked to my dad and my coach and everything and (Ohio State) has shown a lot of interest in me, it's a school that I'm definitely interested in."

Bauer says that his relationship with Warinner is just one of the many reasons for his interest in checking out what Ohio State has to offer.

"With coach Urban Meyer now being there and just the amount of success that Ohio State has had," he said. "It's a good academic school and those are all things that I'm looking for. I just want to go up there and see everything for myself."

While on campus, Bauer hopes to get a feel for all aspects of Ohio State's football program.

"I get in late on Friday so I think Saturday is going to be the day where I'm pretty much on a visit the whole day," he said. "I want to see practice, meet with some of the players, and meet with the coaching staff. I've met coach Warinner in person before but I want to meet with some of the other coaches, like coach Meyer and just see how they practice and everything and see the facilities and the campus. I really just want to learn more about the school."

With Bauer's size, he could project to either guard or tackle at the next level and schools are looking at him at both spots.

"Some schools want me at guard and some schools want me at tackle," he explained. "I can play any position along the offensive line. I haven't really talked to coach Warinner about whether they would want me to play tackle or guard. It really doesn't matter to me just as long as I'm competing for a spot, I'll play anywhere that the team needs me to play."

With two years left of high school ball, Bauer has plenty of time to develop as an offensive lineman but he commented on what he feels his strengths are at this point and what he's hoping to work on in the future.

"I think I finish my blocks and I play with a lot intensity," he explained. "I have good technique and I'm very physical and strong and I move my feet well. I've started on varsity since I was a freshman and I haven't gave up a sack. You can always get better in every aspect of your game so I just want to get faster, more explosive, and stronger. That just all comes with age and working out and maturing."

The big lineman has been to numerous schools during the off-season for unofficial visits, though the trip to Columbus is his last scheduled trip for the time being. Right now Bauer says he's just in the research stage of his recruitment but hopes to narrow his list fairly early in the process.

"I don't have any favorites or anything right now," he said. "I'm trying to take as many unofficial visits as I can right now so I can get a list of top schools relatively early. I want to know what my top schools are going to be relatively soon."


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