Bauer Sees the OL Tradition

Already one of the top sophomore prospects in the Midwest, Missouri offensive lineman Andy Bauer has two verbal offers. On Saturday, Bauer made his first trip to Wisconsin and came away thoroughly impressed by the school, the atmosphere and the tradition.

MADISON - It's one thing for a high school sophomore to be getting recruiting looks from BCS schools, but it's another thing for a 2014 recruit to have multiple Division 1 verbal offers before the year is out.

But when you are a 6-5, 292-pound two-year starter at offensive tackle, like St. Louis (MO) DeSmet HS Andy Bauer, the early interest is understandable.

"I was really surprised at first, but I am really blessed to be able to play the game that I love," Bauer told Badger Nation of his early offers from Missouri and Miami (FL). "I work really hard and it's been really rewarding. It's been a lot of fun."

Don't be surprised if one of Bauer's next offers is from the University of Wisconsin. One of the first goals when Coach Bret Bielema added special teams coordinator DeMontie Cross to his staff was to re-establish a presence in the St. Louis area, a place that hasn't yielded a solid recruit since Dave Doeren landed Wentzville-native Montee Ball.

According to Bauer, UW first started sending him letters this past February, right after Cross was added to the coaching staff.

"They started sending me a lot of letters and ever since then, DeMontie Cross and I talk a fair amount and he talks to my coach a lot," Bauer said. "I think we are forming a good relationship."

That connection increased on Saturday when Bauer drove up with his father for their first trip to the UW campus. After having to cancel his original planned visit for the Nebraska game, the trip was worth the wait, especially seeing the UW offensive line pave the way for 264 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

"It was electric, especially in the third quarter when they did the Jump Around thing," Bauer said. "That was pretty crazy. The stadium is in the middle of a neighborhood, which wasn't how I pictured it but was really neat. The offensive line was impressive. I was watching Josh Oglesby and Ryan Groy and both those guys have an NFL body. They move their feet really well for being such big guys. They buy into the system because Montee Ball is having such success."

Although he didn't get a chance to talk to Coach Bret Bielema, Bauer got to continue developing that bond with Cross and see a little of the campus before heading back home.

"Cross talked about how I am a good student and I want to major in pre-med, so they were telling me about their pre-med program," Bauer said. "Obviously it's a prestigious school, which plays into my decision as well. They had three draft picks off the offensive line last year. It's impressive the amount of guys they send to the league."

In addition to Wisconsin, Bauer has visited Miami (FL), Missouri, Oklahoma and Oregon and plans to visit Iowa in the spring.

"It's been fun and a blessing," Bauer said. "I really have enjoyed it. Not everyone gets a chance to go through what I am going through. It's a lot of fun."

Bauer doesn't have any more campus visits until the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January, meaning there will be plenty of time for him to keep building up his profile.

"I think I've gotten a lot of stronger and getting more comfortable with my body," Bauer said. "I put on about 30 pounds of muscle in the offseason. I got faster and quicker with a lot of hard work. I am trying to just improve every aspect of my game."

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