- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
ESPN Watch List offensive lineman Andy Bauer (St. Louis/De Smet) committed to Missouri during the spring, but that hasn’t stopped other schools from recruiting the 2014 prospect.
Bauer, who now claims more than 30 scholarship offers, says he’s receiving the most interest from Alabama, Florida State, LSU and Texas A&M, but the biggest threat to Missouri right now looks to be the Crimson Tide.
“I’m very, very interested in Alabama,” Bauer said. “I visited there in June. I had a great visit. I saw a lot down there, and I was very impressed. I have a really good relationship with Coach [Jeff] Stoutland, and I think the school and the program is good for me.”
It’s fitting the two schools, Alabama and Missouri, are set to square off this weekend in Columbia, Mo., although Bauer doesn’t think he’s going to be able to make the game.
On his visit to UA in June, he met with the coaching staff, toured the campus and the academic facilities, went to the stadium and hung out with Tide offensive linemen D.J. Fluker and Barrett Jones.
However, the person who impressed him the most was Stoutland, Alabama’s offensive line coach.
“I really like Coach Stoutland,” Bauer said. “We get along really well. I like that he pushes his players to work hard and accepts only their best. He’s a very good offensive line coach, very knowledgeable, and he wants the best for you as an individual. He’s very passionate about what he does.”
The Missouri native is scheduled to return to Alabama in November for the Iron Bowl where the Crimson Tide will host in-state rival Auburn.
As for his commitment status, nothing has changed. He’s still committed to Missouri but plans to reevaluate his options after his season is over.
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