High-Profile Offensive Tackle Recruit Picks Mizzou
COLUMBIA - A high-profile offensive tackle recruit from the St. Louis area announced Monday he will reverse his verbal committment to play at Ole Miss and will play his college ball at Missouri instead.
De Smet Jesuit High School senior Andy Bauer issued a statement from his Twitter account Monday morning regarding his decision to play for the Tigers next year.
Bauer originally committed to play for Missouri during his sophomore year of high school. He then verbally committed to play for the Ole Miss Rebels in March, but said Missouri's coaching staff has followed him extensively despite his junior year decision. The senior said his relationship with Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Henson was a factor, as Bauer has known Henson since he was 14.
Here is my statement: pic.twitter.com/y6BEspqFnG— Andy Bauer (@AndyBauer_76) November 4, 2013
Bauer said family factored into his decision.
"I am very close with my family and the opportunity to be geographically close to them was too much to pass up," Bauer wrote. "Almost my entire family has attended Mizzou and it is tradition for me, my heart has always been there."
Bauer is listed by college football recruiting website Rivals.com as the 105th overall ranked player nationally. He is the 11th highest rated offensive tackle nationally and is ranked as the best prep player in Missouri this year.
Bauer is sitting out his senior season at De Smet because of a hip injury.
Rivals Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell weighed in on Bauer's decision Monday.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>A great season will help recruiting, Andy Bauer is back with <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Mizzou&src=hash">#Mizzou</a></p>— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) <a href="https://twitter.com/rivalsmike/statuses/397390765246414848">November 4, 2013</a></blockquote>
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