Quinn Bauducco a 6-foot-3, 225 pound linebacker out of Moorpark high school in Moorpark CA recently committed to the Golden Gophers, pulling the trigger after a fantastic visit to Minneapolis this June.
"Minnesota was the first offer and I had a couple other schools interested. UCLA, Stanford were both very interested, but I tripped up to Minnesota the day after I got out of school," Bauducco said. "I went up there just to work out with coach Butler and just kind of get a feel for coach Lee, coach Cosgrove and coach Brewster and the staff and something just clicked. I ended up loving it."
Minnesota really impressed the linebacker from southern California. "There is not one thing about the school or the program or the coaches that I didn't just love," he said. "You can't really beat their eduction. Everything for me was perfect. I just kind of felt it was the right place."
The fact that former Gophers Simoni Lawrence, Nate Triplett and Lee Campbell are suiting up with NFL teams this summer also impressed Bauducco. "All three of (Minnesota's) 'backers got picked up by NFL teams, which was another big draw for me," he said.
Playing high school football in southern California, Bauducco always wanted to play for the Bruins. "I've been a UCLA fan my whole life, its been my dream to play there, but for some reason when I got up to Minnesota I loved it," he said, noting that he is a rock solid Gopher. "I still hear from all the other schools, but I'm solid with Minnesota. I'm set. I'm not going anywhere."
"I'm a bigger linebacker," Bauducco said describing his game. "I'm 6'3", 225 (pounds), but I love covering guys, I love covering tight ends."
According to Bauducco, Gopher coaches see him playing strong-side linebacker, "that's another thing I like about Minnesota is they want me to play their outside spot," which suits Bauducco, who claims pass rushing is the strongest aspect of his game. "I also play some defensive end. So I'm pass rushing a lot, I'm covering a tight end but I also get to help on the run support."
Bauducco does not plan to sit on his laurels. His team prepares to compete against some of the top teams in California this fall. "We play in one of the toughest leagues in California if not the nation," he said. "This year we're playing Oaks Christian. St. Bonaventure is in our league. Westlake is in our league. Thousand Oaks is in our league. Game in and game out, you have to be on your guns."
Bauducco Can't Resist 'Perfect' Opportunity
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