Fla QB Favors Tigers, Buckeyes

Joe Bauserman has the best of both worlds when it comes to recruiting. He is one of the Sunshine State's top quarterback prospects and also happens to throw a fastball in the 94 mile per hour range. Guess which school wants him on the gridiron and the diamond?

QB Joe Bauserman
Lincoln High School
Tallahassee, Florida

So come next year, the senior from Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln will have to tough decisions to make - who to sign with in February and baseball or football? For now, he is not sure what will ultimately happen.

"I just try and take it one day at a time," Bauserman said. "I have been playing baseball since I was six and quarterback since the 7th grade. I want to see what both sports bring to me."

Last season as a junior, Bauserman threw for 3,004 yards and 28 scores. Ryan Gilliam (Oregon), Todd Brigman (Louisville) and Antonio Cromartie (Florida State) are now gone and graduated. But he still has Fred Rouse, one of the top junior prospects in America at wide receiver, as well as Joe Manning and a slew of others. In baseball last year, he was 5-1 with a 1.10 ERA and hit .320 playing left field.

"As a quarterback, I have a strong arm and I think I throw the ball pretty well. I am becoming more accurate and throwing with more touch."

Bauserman, 6-2 and 220 pounds, only moved to Tallahassee last summer. Before that, he lived in Strohsburg, Virginia.

"Lincoln is a big difference when it comes to football. Here, with all the athletes, it is a quarterback's dream. I get to throw the ball like I want to. I can't tell you how excited I am about this season."

According to Bauserman, he has scholarship offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Clemson, East Carolina and South Florida. For now, he has two leaders.

"Ohio State and Clemson are my favorites. I love the atmosphere at Ohio State. I camped there this summer and I really like the coaches and they really like me. I feel comfortable there and I have an aunt that lives in Columbus. Clemson is right there too. I love that offense and they have already said I can play baseball too. I also like Tennessee, Virginia and Arkansas."

Bauserman also camped at Virginia this summer and the Elite 11 in Las Vegas.

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