Signee 101: Get to know 4-star Notre Dame ILB Matthew Bauer

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In what could prove to be the best recruiting class ever at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish are adding several key pieces to their defense this week. That includes 4-star inside linebacker Matthew Bauer.

The 4-star linebacker officially signed his letter of intent Wednesday morning.

How Matthew Bauer fits at Notre Dame

Adding Bauer gives the Irish quite a bit of depth and versatility at linebacker. While he is hoping to play inside linebacker at Notre Dame, he can also line up outside. And with the Irish adding top 10 recruits at each of those positions, the team will have the luxury of using Bauer strictly as a depth piece at least initially.

Eventually (perhaps as early as next season), Bauer should improve a run defense that finished 49th in the country, allowing 153.2 yards per game. In the final month of the regular season, the Irish yielded 4.7 yards per rushing attempt and eight touchdowns. All but one of the rushing touchdowns the Irish allowed in 2017 came during November.

Bauer is one of several recruits that could help improve that run defense. Fellow 2018 commits safety Derrik Allen and inside linebacker Jack Lamb are both potentially potent run stopping defenders also signing this week.

Matthew Bauer: Bio, measurements

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 222 pounds

High school: Erie (Pa.)

Matthew Bauer: Recruiting rankings

National: No. 280

Position: No. 15

State: No. 12

All rankings are according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

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