2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Matthew ‘Bo’ Bauer

2018 Notre Dame football linebacker signee Matthew "Bo" Bauer

2018 Notre Dame football linebacker signee Matthew "Bo" Bauer

The Notre Dame football program got signed commitments from 21 players from 13 different states last month during the inaugural “early signing period.”

News-Sentinel.com sports reporter Tom Davis has been writing on the Fighting Irish for nearly two decades and is taking a daily look at each recruit leading up to the traditional National Signing Day (Feb. 7).

PLAYER

Matthew “Bo” Bauer

DETAILS

Bauer is one of seven Fighting Irish recruits to have already enrolled and is now immersed in the off-season program in preparation for spring football in less than two months.

Bauer isn’t physically imposing with his size (he is just 212 pounds)… yet, but he is with his ferocity. The inside linebacker plays the position with an attitude and amassed over 200 tackles for tradition-rich Cathedral Prep (Pennsylvania) over his final two seasons.

Bauer helped Cathedral Prep to a 14-0 record each of his final two seasons and consecutive PIAA Class 4A championships.

In those last two seasons, he totaled over 40 tackles for a loss, as well as 20-plus sacks.

SKILLS

The fact that Bauer is already immersed into Matt Balis’ strength program is a plus, because he needs to add weight. However, he is a physical athlete that tackles well and creates a presence in the opposing backfield with his speed, as well.

At 6-foot-2, he has the size and frame to add weight and evolve into a physical specimen for the Irish.

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RANKINGS

Bauer is rated as high as the fifth-best inside linebacker nationally (Rivals), as well as the fifth-best player from the talent-rich state of Pennsylvania.

Rivals had him rated higher than other services, as it considered him the 142nd best player overall, as compared to 247Sports, which had him rated as 280th.

COMPETING WITH

Bauer needs time to add weight and he’ll get that in South Bend. The Irish graduated linebackers Greer Martini and Nyles Morgan, but the depth chart doesn’t have many holes in it.

Rover back Drue Tranquill returns, as does the unit’s most productive player in Te’Von Coney.

Notre Dame has plenty of depth also in Jamir Jones, Asmar Bilal, Jonathan Jones and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.

BRIAN KELLY SAYS

“I think there is still some development going on, on our roster, in that position” Kelly said on National Signing Day last month of his linebackers. “You’re going to see guys develop that are on the roster that may morph into those positions, as well as the young men that we’ve recruited.”

“I think we’ve taken the next step at addressing that.”

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