Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) athlete Nate Bauer has started to emerge at the power-five level, gathering offers this spring from Boston College, Syracuse, Minnesota and, most recently, Maryland. The Terps represented the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder’s second Big Ten verbal April 12.
“That was a huge offer for me,” said Bauer, who previously had looks from MAC programs like Ohio, Toledo, Miami of Ohio and others. “I love the Big Ten, so it was a real cool offer. The coaches are coming to the school to see me next week too. And I’m looking forward to seeing them [in College Park, Md.] at some point.”
Bauer said he first had contact with UMD defensive coordinator Andy Buh in early April. The two exchanged several messages via social media before the offer was presented April 12.
“Coach Buh was talking about how he really liked my film and would love to see me in person. He likes me as a safety,” Bauer said. “We were talking a little about the program, but mainly just introductory stuff. He seems like a good guy.”
Beyond the conversations he’s had with Buh, Bauer doesn’t know a whole lot about Maryland yet.
“I did see them on TV in the bowl game versus Boston College. And I know they have really cool uniforms,” laughed Bauer. “But besides that I’m still learning.”
Before heading to College Park, though, Bauer is planning a return trip to Syracuse April 22 for the spring game. The Orange seem to be trending for the Ohio safety.
“Syracuse definitely is on my mind. I like them a lot,” Bauer said. “When I was there before for the junior day it was really cool. I really enjoyed myself. Now I want to go back to see the campus and more of a feel for it.”
Bauer has also trekked through Boston College, Ohio State, Kentucky, Pitt, Toledo and Miami of Ohio, in addition to his initial look at SU. He’s unsure where he’s headed after his Orange trip on April 22.
“I’m trying to get to Maryland soon, but I’m not sure when I can make it,” Bauer said. “Then I’ll see what comes up offer wise and go from there.”
Bauer said he’s not pining for an offers in particular, although he admitted Ohio State would be “huge.”
“The [Buckeyes] coaches said if I came to a summer camp and did well they could offer. That would be big,” said Bauer, who mentioned coaches from Michigan State and Pitt have shown interest and could offer this spring.
As far as a decision date is concerned, Bauer doesn’t want to delay. He said he might even commit within a month or month-and-a-half if he sees all he needs to.
“I want to be able to concentrate on my team and my senior season this summer,” Bauer said. “So I kind of want to get the recruiting process over with before then.”
Bauer said all of his power-five offers are for either safety or corner. Some of the MAC offerees will give him a chance to play wide receiver.