Size: 6-foot-7, 270 pounds
Hometown: Plymouth, Minn.
Position: Offensive Tackle
Committed: January 21, 2012
Pronunciation: LOUR (like hour)
Prep Career Highlights:
Lauer helped lead his team to consecutive Prep Bowl appearances. Wayzata finished 12-1 and state runners-up in 2011, while winning the state title and going 11-0 in 2010. He was named All-State by the Associated Press. He also earned All-Metro honors from KARE-11 and the Star-Tribune
Coach Matt Limegrover's Take:
"Ben is a guy, he was an unknown. As Wayzata started playing their senior season we started getting film. We started watching this big left tackle who, for being a 6-7 kid, could really bend and had great—what I call core-awareness. Really, you could tell, had power and had some great balance so he impressed us more and more.
"We just felt like he was as good at the end of his senior season as anybody as an offensive lineman in the state. It's our priority to make sure that we take the best players, the best offensive linemen in the state, particularly, so we felt he was a guy we had to make room for."
Getting to Know:
Will you be joining the team this season or are the coaches planning on having you gray-shirt?
"I'll be joining the team this year and I move in on Sunday."
What was your reaction when they let you know you'd be joining the team this year?
"I'm really excited to get down there and start getting after it with the team."
How has the offseason been for you?
"The off season has gone well. I've just been working hard in the weight room and doing running workouts to make sure I come in in-shape."
What's your current height and weight?
"I'm 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds right now."
Who will you be rooming with?
What do you plan on majoring in?
"Majoring in some type of engineering."
What number do you plan on wearing?
"I don't know my number yet."
Do you have any pre-game rituals or routines that you go through?
"I always eat subway before a game."
What are some of your goals for your freshman season?
"I want to get stronger and want the team to make a bowl game."
What did you enjoy most about the recruiting process?
"The thing I enjoyed most about the recruiting process is when it was over."
Why did you end up choosing Minnesota in the end?
"They were the best fit for me academically, athletially and I really just felt at home when I took my visit there."
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