Three-star Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban athlete Nate Bauer is a highly coveted prospect in the Midwest. He holds offers from multiple ACC and Big-10 schools. One of the ACC programs in pursuit is Syracuse, where Bauer visited on Saturday for their annual Spring Game.
"I watched the spring game first, which was really good," Bauer said. "Then I talked with the coaches after the game. Then I went on a campus tour and I really loved the campus. After that I went back to the football facility to talk more with the coaches and hang out.
"I liked the whole visit but the best parts were watching the game and the campus tour because I had never seen it."
During the Spring Showcase, Bauer was spending most of his time watching the defensive backfield. That is the likely landing spot for him if he chooses Syracuse.
"I was watching how the DBs play and I think I would fit in great in the defense," Bauer said. "I like the way they play and I really like coach Monroe."
Taking a tour of the campus was an important part of the visit for the 6-foot-1 athlete, He had never seen it in person, and so checking everything out gave him a feel for what life would be like as a Syracuse student-athlete.
"I also thought the campus was really nice," Bauer said. "I liked how it wasn't that big and I thought the setup was really cool. The buildings were really interesting to me how some were really old and some were brand new."
Another critical facet of the trip was spending time with the Orange coaching staff. Getting to know them on a more personal level and continuing to bond with them.
"I spent most of my time with coach Monroe," Bauer said. "I also talked to coach Lustig because he recruits my area and coach Ward. I really enjoy talking to those guys. They're the type of coaches that you love to play for.
"He (Monroe) said he loves my tape and that they can see me playing safety but I might still play corner."
Overall, the visit improved where Syracuse stands with Bauer. The Orange seem to be primed to be a major factor in his recruitment going forward.
"It increases my interest in Syracuse," Bauer said. "They are definitely one of my top choices."
Bauer is looking to decide by the end of May.