November 8th, 2013 09:00 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
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Tags: LSU, recruiting, Rivals, Trey Lyles
The Tigers received a commitment from offensive lineman Andy Bauer from De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis earlier this week. Bauer, who originally committed to Missouri in 2012, switched his pledge from Ole Miss.
The move was significant. Missouri has struggled in recent years to land top prospects from St. Louis, including 2013 running back prospect Ezekiel Elliott, who signed with Ohio State. When Bauer committed to Ole Miss in March, a “here we go again” feeling returned to Missouri fans.
Bauer announced his commitment to Missouri in a statement he released on twitter. Bauer twice mentioned the strong relationship he has with coach Gary Pinkel and his staff at Missouri. Bauer wrote in part:
“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.”
Bauer, who’s ranked the No. 1 prospect in the state of Missouri by Rivals, is easily the highest-rated prospect from inside the state to commit to the Tigers. The next highest-ranked prospect to give a pledge to Missouri is defensive back Logan Cheadle, who’s ranked the No. 11 prospect in the state.
De Smet coach Pat Mahoney told the Columbia Daily-Tribune he doesn’t believe Bauer “ever wanted to leave” Missouri. He gave an early commitment to Ole Miss, which left a lot of time to give a second look at Missouri.
“The more he thought about it, the more he wanted to go to Mizzou,” Mahoney said of Bauer. “He wanted to stay closer to home. Everything that has to do with leaving behind all the friends and things and everything else starts to get with a young man. He realized it’s what he really wanted to do.”
Missouri has helped itself greatly by playing well on the field this season. Last year was a disaster for Missouri, which dealt with offseason criticism and speculation about Pinkel’s job security.
All of that talk is gone now that Missouri has an 8-1 record and has returned to the BCS conversation. Prospects have taken notice.
— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) November 4, 2013
Missouri has 25 commitments for the 2014 class. Nine of those pledges come from Florida and Georgia, two states that Missouri will continue to recruit in the future.
The Tigers are hopeful they can keep their momentum on the recruiting trail this week.
Linebacker Brandon Lee from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis is set to announce his college decision on Friday. Louisville had been considered a popular favorite to land Lee, but “a couple different sources with knowledge of the situation” told 247Sports that Missouri is the team to beat.
Lee would be another big get for Missouri — and another sign that the Tigers are headed back in the right direction.
Harris signs with LSU
Quarterback Brandon Harris from Parkway High School in Bossier City, La., signed with LSU on Thursday.
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