Bauserman Could Delay Enrollment

Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln quarterback Joe Bauserman committed to Ohio State over the summer and made his official visit to the school this past weekend. While on campus, Bauserman discussed the possibility of not enrolling full-time until January 2005.

Tallhassee (Fla.) Lincoln quarterback Joe Bauserman has been sold on Ohio State for some time, committing to the Buckeyes over the summer.

But Bauserman may agree to wait even longer until he enrolls as a full-time student at Ohio State. While on his official visit, Bauserman discussed the possibility of "grayshirting" and waiting until January 2005 to enroll at OSU.

"I talked to Coach Tressel about it and I think we're pretty sure I will grayshirt," Bauserman said. "I will probably enroll full-time next winter most likely."

If this plan of action sounds familiar, it's because St. Henry, Ohio, product Todd Boeckman, also a quarterback, has delayed his full-time enrollment until this January. The reason behind such moves is to space out the scholarship players at the quarterback position.

Justin Zwick and Troy Smith will be sophomores in 2004, when Boeckman will likely redshirt as a true freshman. That gives Boeckman two years of "separation" from that duo. Likewise, Bauserman would fall into line a year behind Boeckman and would not be a true freshman under eligibility rules until 2005.

During his visit, Bauserman was hosted by Stan White Jr.

"I had a great time up there," Bauserman said. "I got to speak with the academic staff and take a tour of the campus."

Bauserman is a native of Strasburg, Va., where he started as a freshman and sophomore (team was 12-1) at quarterback. But he also had a budding baseball career going and the family suddenly uprooted in July 2002 and moved to Tallahassee.

Bauserman enrolled at Lincoln, where, as a junior, he passed for a school-record 3,004 yards, including 1,200 in four postseason games. He threw for 24 touchdowns and won third-team all-state honors in Class 4A.

He also had a big year in baseball, earning second-team all-state selection after hitting .324 with three home runs while posting a 1.35 earned run average and 4-1 record on the mound. He has a 94-mph fastball. He struck out 71 in 41 innings.

Another season like or better than that could lead Bauserman to be drafted in next June's Major League Baseball amateur draft. If he is selected high enough and the offer is right, Bauserman could turn his back on football and give minor league baseball a try.

But for now, he is sticking with the plan to play college football at Ohio State. As a senior, he threw for 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns and also rushed for nine scores.

"I guess it just depends if and where I get drafted," Bauserman said. "I've just gotta wait and see what happens."

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