Junior Prospect: Joe Bauserman

Lincoln High School is a school that many Cardinal fans became familiar with during the last recruiting period. Once again, Lincoln is loaded with Division 1A prospects, including quarterback Joe Bauserman.

Tallahassee's Lincoln High School was a friendly stop for Head Coach Bobby Petrino as he put together his first recruiting class at Louisville. Coach Petrino signed Brandon Bradley, Todd Brigman, Willie Johnson and Brent Moody, all from Lincoln, in what became apart of the foundation for one of the Cardinals best recruiting classes ever.

The Louisville coaching staff has all ready made one stop to Tallahassee and one of the many players that they are expressing interest in is Lincoln quarterback Joe Bauserman.

I spoke with Bauserman on Sunday and discussed how his recruiting is going so far.

"I'm getting a bunch of letters all ready," explained Bauserman. "I've been so busy with baseball though. I did just get my first official offer from Clemson."

Staying busy with baseball is an understatment. Bauserman, who plays both outfield and pitches for Lincoln, helped guide his school to the state championship, where they fell 7-6. Bauserman was near perfect on the mound all season, not allowing an earned run until that title game, when he suffered his only loss of the season. He also batted near .300 for the season.

While he obviously has a great pitching arm, he did inform me, that despite having different options, he plans on playing football on the collegiate level.

In addition to interest from Louisville and Clemson, Bauserman is also hearing regularly from Virginia, Michigan State, Arkansas, Wake Forest and Tennessee, among many others.

In his first season as the starting quarterback Bauserman proved ready for the task of taking the reigns of a program often rated among the nations best.

During his junior season, Bauserman set a couple of school records. He established a new mark for most yards thrown in a single game when he threw for 451-yards and 5 touchdowns. He finished his junior campaign by tossing over 3,000-yards which was the first time that a Lincoln quarterback had eclipsed that mark.

However, the story with Bauserman doesn't begin with his junior season at Lincoln. Prior to becoming the starting quarterback at Lincoln, Bauserman lived in Virginia, where he was the starting quarterback at Strasburg High School. Following his sophomore season he was named as an All-Region selection.

Now that baseball season has ended, Bauserman will be able to focus more on his recruiting. One scheduled stop is all ready planned for Tulane's 7-on-7 passing camps in the coming weeks.

When asked what he is looking for in a program, Bauserman quickly responded, "early playing time."

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