April 1, 2012

2014 O-lineman grabs Ohio State offer

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Several elite prospects have been spending the weekend in Columbus checking out spring practice at Ohio State. While some of those prospects will be taking their unofficial visits into the early part of this week, one elite rising junior is back from his trip in St. Louis (Mo.) DeSmet offensive lineman Andy Bauer. The 6-foot-5, 291-pound class of 2014 prospect had already accumulated seven verbal offers heading into his trip to Columbus. On Saturday, that offer list grew by one.

"I got in late Friday so I was pretty much with (the Ohio State coaching staff) all day Saturday," explained Bauer. "It was great. When I first got there we walked into the offensive line position meetings and sat in there and listened to coach (Ed) Warinner and met some of the guys and everything. After that, I went into coach (Urban) Meyer's office and we talked for about 20 minutes and he offered me when I was in there so that was really cool."

Bauer has already pulled in some big early verbal offers but was flattered by adding another one from the Buckeyes.

"It's really exciting (to get the offer)," he said. "It's such a prestigious program and everything. It was just flattering and everything, it was great."

On Saturday morning, Bauer was an interested observer at spring practice and even got a chance to speak with one of the team doctors. While for many kids that may not seem like an important part of the process, that is not the case for Bauer.

"We went out to practice and during practice we saw the equipment room and the training room and we got to speak to the head orthopedic surgeon for the team Dr. (Christopher) Kaeding," he explained. "That was really nice because I want to go into orthopedic surgery when I'm holder and I'm looking at majoring in pre-med. Practice was great, there was a lot of energy."

Bauer spent most of his afternoon getting to meet several members of the Ohio State coaching staff and touring some of the facilities.

"After practice we went in and saw the weight room and talked to the strength and conditioning coach (Mickey Marotti)," he said. "After that I had lunch with coach Warinner, (graduate assistant) coach (Kirk) Barton and coach (Kerry) Coombs so that was cool."

From there, Bauer moved on to the rest of campus, including a stop at Ohio Stadium.

"After lunch I had an academic appointment," he explained. "After that, I saw the dorms and the campus and everything. We went and toured the stadium, which was ridiculous. After that we went back to the Woody Hayes Center and I talked to coach Warinner for a little while longer and after that we went to our hotel. We were worn out, it was a great day. Something was planned literally the whole time."

While it's still very early in the process, Bauer says his trip to Columbus helped him establish a strong comfort level with Ohio State and the coaching staff.

"I've talked to coach Warinner a lot and I've met him before so it was nice seeing him again and I feel comfortable talking to him," he explained. "It was nice getting to meet coach Coombs and coach Meyer. I really wanted to meet coach Meyer and we had a really nice conversation so that was cool and I felt really comfortable about all of that. I got to talk to some of the players too. It was just an overall great day."

Bauer had previously mentioned that he would like to at least narrow his list down somewhat early in the process. When asked if Ohio State was a school that would likely be on his list for the long term of his recruitment, his reply was simple and direct.

"Oh yes, definitely," he said.

Bauer added that he has more unofficial visits planned during the spring and likely won't make many camp stops, if any, during the summer. Bauer will however make a few unofficial visits back to some of his top schools and said Ohio State is a school with a good chance to get one of those return trips.


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