Bauer making his move

Saddleback always seems to produce excellent D-1 prospects and one they recently picked up as a transfer from a 1AA school in LB Thomas Bauer (6-3, 235). He just arrived on campus about four weeks ago and he's been working hard at understanding his new defense and teammates. He spoke with recently about how things are going so far following his move…

"I just got here a little while ago so I've just been taking summer school classes for the past four weeks or so," Bauer said. "It's going to be pretty busy this summer for me because I have to get with my coaches to make sure I know the defense and understand our scheme and things like that."

Bauer prepped in Niwot, Colorado and originally signed with Northern Colorado. He redshirted in 2005 and finished second on the team in tackles last year with 65 stops including three for loss and he also had one interception while starting six of their 11 games.

"I'm athletic enough to drop into coverage or rush the quarterback, but I think I'm at my best reading the play and then flowing to the ball," Bauer said. "I love the control of being the middle linebacker because it's a lot of responsibility to get guys into the right formation and make the right adjustments."

Because he recently transferred, Bauer hasn't really had much recruiting attention to this point, but he's hoping a big season at Saddleback will bring some attention his way.

"My coaches and I will work on getting my tape out to schools," Bauer said. "Saddleback has a great reputation for getting players moved on to the next level and the Mission Conference is the best in the country as far as competition.

"I'll get noticed if I play well and do what I'm supposed to do."

Bauer will leave Saddleback in December and he'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Bauer as the season gets underway.

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