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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Watch List OT talks UA game acceptance

By Damon Sayles

Watch List offensive tackle Andy Bauer (St. Louis/De Smet) works hard for everything he gets, but he doesn’t ask for much in return. There are only a couple of things he wants before he graduates next year.

A state championship would be nice. All-state recognition would serve as an added bonus. A college scholarship also would be a dream come true -- even though, with a list nearing 40 offers, that dream will become a reality in time.

One thing that Bauer has wanted is an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America Game, and on Tuesday, the 6-foot-6, 304-pound tackle had his wish granted. Bauer received the invitation and happily accepted, and he’ll be a part of the 2014 edition of the prestigious all-star game.

“I was really excited, because it’s something I’d been dreaming about since I was a kid,” Bauer said. “Now I have the opportunity to do so. I’m looking forward to representing for my city and my state.”

Bauer said he was working when he received a call from his mother about a package that came in the mail. Although he didn’t want to jump to conclusions, Bauer said he had an idea the invitation was enclosed.

“There was no hesitation from me in accepting it,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always heard good things about and something I’ve always known I wanted to be a part of.”

One major goal now has been achieved. Bauer’s next goal most likely will occur when he determines where he attends college. Bauer is being courted by several powerhouse schools, including Alabama, LSU, Florida, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas State, Michigan and Washington.