4-star offensive tackle Andy Bauer has committed to Ole Miss.
For Hugh Freeze and the Rebels, it appears that their momentum from the 2013 recruiting cycle will continue to build, as Bauer is one of the better offensive tackles in the 2014 class.
He has great size at 6'5.75'', 304 pounds, and he's ranked as the No. 7 offensive tackle in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He's also the No. 1 player from the state of Missouri (per 247Sports' composite rankings).
Andrew Bone of Rivals.com reports on the commitment via Twitter:
Andrew Bone @AndrewJBone
#Rivals100 OT Andy Bauer commits to #OleMiss. Rebels have reeled in some major O-linemen the past few months.2013-3-18 16:28:18
To Bone's point, the future of Ole Miss' offensive line looks very bright if Bauer remains committed throughout the rest of the 2014 recruiting cycle.
Bauer is the second 2014 offensive line commitment for Ole Miss, the first being 3-star offensive tackle Tyler Putman, who checks in at 6'5'', 255 pounds and runs a 5.20 40, according to 247Sports.
The big story for the Rebels' offensive line is obviously 2013 5-star commitment Laremy Tunsil, though, who chose Ole Miss after a recruitment that mostly featured Alabama and Georgia. Tunsil's commitment to Ole Miss was a gigantic recruiting win for the Rebels; he'll be the cornerstone of their offensive line for the next few seasons.
Bauer looks set to be the next big offensive lineman recruit to sign up to play for the Rebels, and he's going to bring a ton of potential along with him.
First is his size, which is great for a tackle that has yet to play his senior season. He's just a bit bigger than Tunsil weight-wise, who checks in at 6'6'', 295 pounds, and he's a tad bit shorter. That alone shows you his potential.
For a player who is as big as he is, he displays good footwork both as a pass and run blocker. He also has quick feet and a good shuffle step that allows him to stay in front of the pass-rusher. And he gets a good drive and runs his feet when he's moving up field on a run.
In addition, he plays with good leverage for being so tall, and he uses his hands nicely to lock in on a defender and get good extension between the shoulder pads.
In the future, Bauer should be able to compete for time with Golson at right tackle across from Tunsil, which would give Ole Miss two great bookends on either side of the line. Both can be bulldozers in the run game but also display good feet and pass-protecting abilities.
Holding onto Bauer's commitment will definitely present a best-case scenario for the future of Ole Miss' offensive line.