- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN Watch List offensive lineman Andy Bauer (St. Louis, Mo./De Smet) visited Alabama over the weekend for this year’s Iron Bowl, and looking back, he gave the visit an A-plus grade.
“It was [my] best visit,” Bauer said. “I love Alabama. They’re awesome, and I have a really good relationship with the coaching staff.”
When Bauer and his family arrived in Tuscaloosa on Friday, they talked with UA assistant coaches Jeff Stoutland and Bobby Williams for awhile before heading over to Coleman Coliseum to watch the second half of the Crimson Tide’s basketball game.
On Saturday, Bauer had a full slate. He toured the facilities, walked around campus and talked to both the players and Nick Saban before the game, but it was the game itself and the atmosphere that stood out the most from his visit.
“Besides talking to the coaches, I’d say just the gameday atmosphere,” Bauer said. “It was electric. That was my first game at Alabama, and they had over 100,000 people all wearing crimson. It was incredible. The stadium, the place was rocking, and they went out there and dominated the game physically. It was great.”
The 6-foot-6, 304-pound offensive lineman was excited when he got to talk to D.J. Fluker and Barrett Jones before the game, but he was even more impressed with their performance on the field, during the game.
“I watched the offensive line real closely,” Bauer said. “Those guys are all monsters. I think they’re the best offensive line in the country. I’ve watched them work out once in person, so it was cool to see them play.”
Bauer decommitted from Missouri earlier this month, and although he says he doesn’t have any favorites at this time, it’s clear the Tide will be strongly in the mix. The 2014 prospect wants to take his time before he makes another commitment.
“I’m going to take some more visits and not rush into anything,” Bauer said. “I plan on visiting LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. I don’t plan on rushing into anything. As of right now, I’m just taking a step back and evaluating things.”
This weekend marked Bauer’s second trip to Tuscaloosa. He plans to return again in January, so he can show his mother the Alabama program in person.