De Smet OL Andy Bauer commits to Mizzou … again
ST. LOUIS — The Missouri football program got some
news on Monday morning when De Smet High offensive linemen Andy Bauer
announced via Twitter that he has decided to play for the Tigers.
Bauer, a 6-foot-5, 305-pounder who is
ranked by Scout.com as the ninth-best offensive guard prospect in the
country, committed to Mizzou as a sophomore two years ago but then
backed off that pledge.
Then, in March, he
made a verbal commitment to Ole Miss.
Bauer announced his decision on his
Twitter account (@AndyBauer_76) with a photograph of a typed statement:
“Through much prayer,
discernment, and communication with my family I have decided to attend
and play football for the University of Missouri. I want to thank Coach
Freeze for the opportunity to play at Ole Miss. I want to thank Coach
Luke as well for recruiting me and developing a very strong relationship
with me, he is a great person and someone I look up to. I am
disappointed that these relationships will end. This was a very tough
decision and one that was not taken lightly. My relationships with Coach
Gary Pinkel, Coach Josh Henson, Coach Cornell Ford, Coach Bruce Walker,
Coach Alex Grinch, and the rest of the staff at Mizzou have me very
excited about my future there. I am very close with my family and the
opportunity to be geographically close to them was too much to pass up.
Almost my entire family has attended Mizzou and it is tradition for me,
my heart has always been there. Mizzou has never stopped recruiting me.
Coach Pinkel, Coach Henson, and Coach Ford have stuck with me through
the entire process. I have had a relationship with Coach Henson since I
was 14 years old. I am excited to be able to play for and represent my
home state school. I want to be a part of bringing a championship to the
state of Missouri and Mizzou. I am very thankful for the opportunity to
study and play football at the University of Missouri. Thanks, Andy
Bauer pulled a joke on
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel two years ago when he made his
initial commitment to the Tigers.
wearing a coat during an unofficial visit to the campus and when he got
to the football office he told Pinkel it was getting a little hot in
there. He then took off his jacket to reveal a t-shirt that said
‘Forever A Tiger’ on it.
It turns out he
will be after all.
Bauer and his younger
brother, Robby, were in the stands at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night
watching Mizzou defeat Tennessee 31-3.
The De Smet standout, who is missing his
senior season after having surgery on his hip in the preseason, is a
significant recruiting victory for the Tigers. He is regarded as a top
100-type prospect and turned down scholarship offers from the major
programs in college football to stay home and continue his career in
Bauer is expected to participate
in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, which will be played on Jan.
2 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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