Red Bank Catholic High School; Red Bank, N.J.
Measurements: 6’5”, 235 lbs.
Accolades: A consensus four-star prospect, rivals.com rated Bauman as the No. 5 tight end in this class, as well as the No. 130 recruit in the country.
Other Notable Offers: Much of the Northeast chased Bauman, along with Michigan, Texas A&M and Virginia.
Projected Position: Tight end, likely the in-line option, utilized more in the running game and to create a multi-dimensional offensive approach.
Quick Take: Signing a pair of touted tight ends at a time is an interesting roster strategy for Notre Dame, but it is one that has worked. Bauman will fit in well alongside consensus four-star Michael Mayer, the latter a more dynamic option but one that could use the physical complement provided by Bauman.
Short-Term Roster Outlook: With both current junior Brock Wright and current sophomore George Takacs around, there will not be immediate pressure for Bauman to play either along the line or as an H-back. If either departs this offseason, though, then Bauman would presumably be next man up.
Long-View Depth Chart Impact: Bauman’s physicality and frame will demand playing in time. His lower-body alone establishes him as a capable blocker. That may not be the most flattering way of saying a player will need to get on the field, but Bauman’s day will come.