Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep linebacker Matt “Bo” Bauer committed to the Irish back on March 8, 2016, before completing a huge junior season.
Bauer racked up 114 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two safeties and scored four touchdowns on offense.
Although Penn State offered him a scholarship to stay home, the four-star backer chose Notre Dame and has stayed rock solid in his pledge.
Bauer will head back to South Bend next weekend and looks forward to furthering his relationships with his future teammates and the new coaching staff.
“I’ll be going to Irish Invasion,” Bauer said. “I kind of miss being there because I haven’t been there in such a long time. It’ll be nice to be there and see the other guys in my class, I haven’t seen them in a while. I’ll get to see coach (Clark) Lea and get to work together for the first time. I’m looking forward to that. It’s important to me.”
A focus on speed and strength, rather than bulk, has been the theme of Bauer’s spring and summer training regimen.
“Originally, I pumped up to about 225 (pounds) but I was feeling slower and couldn’t move as well,” Bauer said. “I kind of worked on that and moving and increasing speed and things like that. I got down to about 215, right now. I’ve been conditioning harder and working with a personal trainer in our football team and going to cross-fit.
“I’m a lot leaner, my lift weight has gone up. My weight has been a constant 215.”
Notre Dame’s new linebacker coach has set the stage for a strong relationship with his future Mike linebacker.
“I like coach Lea,” Bauer said. “He’s a really down to earth guy. We’ve been texting constantly now and getting to know each other. He’s just a great guy, a family guy. I’m excited for him to be my coach because I feel like we relate in a lot of areas. I like how serious he is about football.”
Bauer feels as confident as ever in his college decision. The Irish recruiting class is filled with likeminded student-athletes, and Bauer can’t wait to get to work as a unit.
“They’re all hard workers,” Bauer said. “People who come to Notre Dame are different. These kids are smart and they’re driven more. They don’t want to take the easy road. I find a lot of similarities within myself with them. I’m excited to see and be around people who are like me that are on that same mission to get a great degree while playing great football. It just kind of makes me excited to having that ability.”
Bauer will join New Jersey defensive linemen Jayson and Justin Ademilola and Georgia defensive back Derrik Allen at the event as Irish commits.