The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Bauer, a member of the 2014 class at DeSmet Jesuit High (St. Louis), is already approaching double digit offers, and the latest one came when he was offered by Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly at the end of an official visit Wednesday.
"I didn't really know if they were going (to offer)," Bauer said. "I knew they were high on me but I didn't know if they were going to offer me. I was really excited."
Bauer was shown special treatment by the Notre Dame staff, which met with him en masse after he watched the first practice of the spring.
"I got there around 7:30 (a.m.) and we went to practice and then after that we hung out with some of the guys," Bauer said. "I took the whole the tour of the football facilities and I got some 1-on-1 with the offensive line coach (Harry Hiestand).
"After that ,we went to lunch with (assistant) coach (Bob) Elliott and (director of football personnel) coach (Tim) McDonnell, and then we went to hear about academics and then we got a campus tour. Then we went to the stadium and then talked to (assistant) coach (Chuck) Martin and then went to coach Kelly's office, and that is when they offered."
"It definitely is a school that stands out," he said. "It's the tradition, and a beautiful campus, a great coaching staff and great academics.
"Touchdown Jesus is pretty neat. My mom went to St. Mary's of Notre Dame and I have a couple of uncles who went to Notre Dame, so I knew some stuff about the school. It was more than what I thought it would."
Next up for Bauer is a trip to Ohio State in two weeks as he tries to figure out what he wants in a school, and a football program.
"I'm just trying to decide what schools would be the best fit for me and what coaches I have a good relationship with and who, I could see myself playing for.
"I'm looking at academics, tradition, coaching staff. I'm trying to hear what some schools say, and see what they have to offer and where I fit the best."