Archbishop Hoban (Akron, Ohio) three-star safety Nate Bauer has now seen pretty much all of his foremost contenders, and could be heading down the homestretch in his recruitment. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder was at Maryland April 21, Syracuse a day later for the spring game, and had previously trekked through Boston College, meaning the only power-five suitor he hasn’t seen is Minnesota.
“I saw Maryland first on [the 21st], and I thought it was really cool,” said Bauer, who has offers from UMD, BC, Cuse, Minnesota, Ohio, Miami of Ohio, Toledo, Buffalo, Colorado State and others. “The best part about the whole trip was seeing the new indoor facility they’re building. It’s costing like $200 million and it looks really, really cool. But overall I thought it was a good visit.”
During Bauer’s stay, he chatted with three Maryland coaches and took a campus tour. He was accompanied by his parents, who both enjoyed talking to the staff and seeing the school as well.
“I went around campus with Coach [Andy] Buh, who recruits me. We talk a good amount, and I spent most of my time [April 21] with him,” Bauer said. “I really like Coach Buh. He’s a cool guy and he says he loves my game. I want to keep improving my relationship with him.
“I also liked Coach [Aazaar Abdul-Rahim], the defensive backs coach. He was really cool to talk to too. Then I spent like a half-hour talking to the head coach, Coach [DJ] Durkin. He said he really liked my film and thought I could help them. But he said even though I had the offer from them, he would like to see me in camp first.”
Bauer said he’d “probably” attend the Terps’ summer camp, but is unsure if he’ll definitely do so.
A day after taking in the Terps, he and his folks saw Syracuse for the second time. The Orange, which have a firm offer out, are firmly on Bauer’s mind.
“I’ve now been there for a junior day and the spring game,” he said. “I like the stadium a lot, I really liked hanging around with the coaches, and I thought the players I met were cool. I thought the spring game was good too. I like it there a lot, and it’s definitely a top choice for me.”
Bauer is unsure where he’s headed next, but said he’d like to take at least one more trip to Boston College, which he previously saw back in the fall. After that, he could be ready to commit -- unless a few more offers come in that give him pause. (He said coaches from Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State all stopped by Hoban, although is unsure if the offers will come to fruition).
“I may make my decision pretty soon,” said Bauer, who has also been to Ohio State, Kentucky, Pitt, Toledo and Miami of Ohio. “It could be sometime later this spring.”