Junior to Watch: Joe Bauserman
School: Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln High School
Size and speed: Bauserman is 6-foot-2, weighs 225 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds.
Statistics: As a junior, he passed for 3,004 yards and 26 touchdowns in leading Lincoln to a 12-1-1 record and the state 4A semifinals. His total passing yards broke Gavin Dickey’s school record, and he also set a Lincoln mark with 451 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Niceville.
Honors: Was selected third-team Class 4A all-state at quarterback by the FSWA.
Favorite Schools: Florida, Florida State, Miami, Central Florida.
Skinny: One of the best arms in the Sunshine State next season will be owned by Tallahassee Lincoln’s Joe Bauserman.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound signal caller threw for a school-record 3,004 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior in establishing himself as one of the state’s top prospects.
“He’s a pretty mobile kid with a cannon for an arm,” said Lincoln coach David Wilson. “He’s also a top baseball prospect with a fastball consistently in the 93 mph range, so that gives you an idea of his arm strength.
“Joe also has a great understanding of the offense and throws with good timing. He knows when and where to deliver it. He’ll be one of the top four or five quarterbacks to come out of the state next year.”
Bauserman moved to Florida from Strasburg High School in Virginia after his sophomore year in order to get more exposure on the gridiron and baseball diamond. He couldn’t have picked a better time as Lincoln featured wideouts Antonio Cromartie and Ryan Gilliam last season. His challenge as a senior will be duplicating his impressive stats without those national standouts in the mix.
“He’s been getting letters and interest from all over the country,” Wilson said. “All the Florida schools and some of the SEC and ACC schools have been in touch for both football and baseball. He’s going to have the opportunity to play somewhere.”
Bauserman’s baseball schedule may interfere with camp plans this spring and summer. He’s yet to set any firm plans, according to the Lincoln staff.