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Notre Dame Recruiting: Irish Get Commitment from Kevin Bauman, One of 2020’s Top Tight Ends

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Bauman committed just 19 days after receiving his scholarship offer from the Irish.

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Kevin Bauman, a 6-foot-5, 226 pound athlete considered by 247 Sports to be the Class of 2020’s second-best tight end, verbally committed Wednesday to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Bauman is the second commitment to the Irish’s #IrishBouNDXX squad, following the lead of four-star quarterback Drew Pyne. The Irish own the ninth-best 2020 class, according to 247 Sports Composite’s team rankings.

The tight end hails from Red Bank Catholic, the same school that graduated Donald Brown (UConn Huskies, then Indianapolis Colts); Harry Flaherty (Princeton Tigers, then New Orleans Saints); Al Golden (Penn State, then New England Patriots, but most notably coach of the Temple Owls and Miami-Florida Hurricanes); and, most importantly, Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame, now with the Colts).

The formal stage of Notre Dame’s relationship with Bauman has progressed very quickly. He announced a scholarship offer on May 25, visited campus on June 2 and June 3 and committed today.

Bauman told Irish Illustrated that the university “just felt like home” and was attracted to Notre Dame’s spiritual mission, as well as its athletic prowess. He was also impressed with his would-be coordinator, Chip Long.

“Coach Long is an awesome guy. He’s a great coach,” said Bauman. “I love what he does with the tight ends and from a coaching standpoint. He’s just a great guy. He’s easy to get along with. He’s fun to be around.”

Bauman is the No. 142 overall recruit in the 2020 class nationwide, according to 247 Sports. He’s the fourth-best prospect in New Jersey from that class, the recruiting service said.

Bauman entertained offers from the Boston College Eagles, Michigan Wolverines, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Texas A&M Aggies, West Virginia Mountainers and others before ultimately deciding on the Irish.