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Irish get commitment from 2018 linebacker Matthew Bauer

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Notre Dame’s recruiting machine keeps rolling along. The Irish’s most recent pick up is another elite 2018 recruit, Pennsylvania linebacker Matthew “Bo” Bauer, who announced his commitment via social media on Wednesday afternoon.

At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Bauer is a prototype middle linebacker who camped in South Bend at the Irish Invasion. He’s entering his junior season at Cathedral Prep in Erie where he made 104 tackles last season as a sophomore.

Bauer spoke with the South Bend Tribune’s Tyler James to break down the decision.

“Everything about it is just so great,” Bauer told the Tribune. “Between the academics, the athletics, the social life of the campus and the alumni base, you can’t get much better than it. It’s perfect for me. It was just a great fit.”

The fit works both ways. With Notre Dame needing to reload at linebacker, the Irish will have a strong incoming group these next two recruiting cycles, hitting on David Adams, Drew White and Pete Werner in the 2017 cycle and landing linebackers Ovie Oghoufo and Justin Ademilola already for 2018. Bauer looks and plays like a middle linebacker, a key piece of the puzzle in Brian VanGorder’s defense.

Notre Dame’s dominance in the Keystone State continues. Three recruits in the 2017 class hail from Pennsylvania. There’s two more in 2018—all hold offers from Penn State.

Bauer is a long way from the college game, but his highlight reel shows a young player who is already clearly dominant at the high school level. And once the Irish staff made a formal offer, Bauer jumped on it—closing his recruitment in his latest visit to South Bend.

Bauer’s already a two-year starter at Cathedral Prep. He’ll have a chance to spend four seasons in the starting lineup. He chose the Irish over Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia, Michigan State and a handful of others.