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2018 Cathedral Prep LB Matthew Bauer Commits to Notre Dame

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 Cathedral Preparatory School (Pa.) junior linebacker Matthew Bauer has made his commitment decision. Bauer is a part of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s 2018 recruiting class. Notre Dame beat out Maryland, Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa State, Pittsburgh and several others for his services. He is the third linebacker Notre Dame has in their 2018 class and they have the second ranked recruiting class nationally and number one Independent Conference 2018 class. Bauer is also a part of the 2018 ESPN 300 list as well. He came in at No.188 on the list. Click the link to see his Sports Rants profile or read it below.


Matthew Bauer Wants To Be Remembered For The Right Reasons

Cathedral Preparatory School rising junior Matthew Bauer wants to follow in the footsteps of former NFL players like Luke Kuechley, Brian Bosworth and Bo Jackson, as a two-sport athlete which isn’t off the table for Bauer. In terms of Cathedral Prep, he wants to leave a good impression on those that know him and become a part of the list of recent Prep grads to play Division I football: Damion Terry (Michigan State), Charlie Fessler (Northwestern) and James Trucilla (Virginia).

“I want to be known as one of the best at my high school. We’ve had a few really good players that gone high to Division I, we have to players right now, one at Michigan State, one at Northwestern, one at Virginia and we had a guy a while ago, who played for the [Indianapolis] Colts,” he said. “Those guys are kind of thought of as legends, have their own stories about them and how great they were. I want to be like that, maybe at the next levels with how people talk about me, I want it all to be good. I don’t want to be that guy when he leaves, people talk behind his back because he wasn’t liked or did stuff wrong.”

Bauer started playing football at the age of eight for a Family First football league that his dad got him involved in. That’s also where he built the relationship with current high school head coach Mike Mischler.

“There has been a few people. Then coming up, I had a bunch of good coaches: Chris King, he was my middle school coach; now coach [Mike] Mischler, he’s my high school coach and he actually ran the league at Family First Sports Park, that connection started when I was really young. Those coaches had a big impact on me so overall it’s just a lot of people,” he said.

Mischler has also been integral part in helping Bauer keep everything in line as far as the recruiting process is concerned. He said that Bauer has always been a superior athlete and it is his maturity level that he has seen grow the most over the last two years.

“He is a special player, but also a great kid.  He comes from great stock.  He works very hard every day to excel academically and athletically.  I am proud of him just like I am any of my players who strive to live a moral life while paying attention to their academic and athletic careers,” Mischler said.

The six-foot-two, 205 pound, Erie, Pennsylvania native has received scholarship offers from Iowa State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Virginia and others. Bauer recorded 104 tackles (31 solo), 11 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three pass breakups and one forced fumble.

“I try to be the one the defense that everyone rallies behind, I’m trying to be the heart. So with my defense, personally one guy that everyone looks at to make the plays, it’s everybody doing their job perfectly… I think I’m the one that’s looked up to and I’m also the one that looks to the others. It’s a mutual feeling,” Bauer said.

Bauer plays both inside and outside linebacker and he likes to blitz and chase down running backs in the open field.

“I think that when it’s time to come down hill, I use my hands well, I think I use my vision well, my best asset like I said is chasing down running backs and just getting to the ball. So pretty much shedding blocks, getting there and on certain times where I play outside linebacker basically making different plays like that.”

Mischler added the following about what college coaches he has spoken to like about Bauer and it works in his favor on the football field.

“They mostly like his “twitchiness”.  He is sudden and explosive.  When they see him in person he has a very long frame to him.  He will be able to add 25-30 pounds on his frame easily while being able to maintain that burst he currently possesses.”

 Bauer believes that football is a great way to test one’s skills and loves the sport for its ability to build a bond between teammates.

“It’s the greatest thing anyone can do to test their own skills. It’s like war between two people to test the skills above and just test everything, overall physical ability and of course going to school for free is another big play. The bonding of a team that’s formed when you play football is something that you can’t mimic anywhere else.”

Bauer will be an upperclassman next season and he has two years left to make every play count.

“The best part I love is the intensity of playing under Friday nights and then when you hit somebody and it hurts so badly but you know inside you just want to keep doing it again. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

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Heisman Trophy Finalists Include Joe Burrow, Justin fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young

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The finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been unveiled and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young are headed to New York this weekend for the 85th edition of the award for the most outstanding college football player.

The winner will be announced on Saturday night during a ceremony that kicks off at 8pm est on ESPN.

“In my opinion, he should win it,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. “In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”

While Burrow may have the most momentum heading into the ceremony, and is the likely number 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is the first Ohio State defensive player to finish in the top four in Heisman voting, and Young is the first defensive player from the Big Ten to do so since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award all the back in 1997.

Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and in tackles for loss per game with 1.9.

Additionally, Ohio State is the seventh school to have multiple players invited to the Heisman ceremony in the same year, but the first to have both an offensive player and a defensive player.

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Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal

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Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.

“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.

“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”

Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.

“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”

Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.

“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”

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Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke

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Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.

“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.

“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.

“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”

Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.

According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.

Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.

 

 

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