TE Kevin Bauman, 6-4, 238; Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic
Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 5 TE, No. 130 overall.
247Sports ranking: Three stars, No. 21 TE, No. 545 overall.
Notable numbers: 15 catches for 272 yards and three touchdowns; 64 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles in nine games as a senior.
Birthday: Nov. 5, 2001.
First scholarship offer: Rutgers.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: “It had always been a dream of mine my whole life, but if I could name one moment, it would probably be the second I was driving to campus. I saw the Golden Dome and was like, ‘All right, this is actually happening.’ After that first visit (June of 2018), I knew that was the place I wanted and needed to be at.”
One word to describe Brian Kelly: Goal-oriented. “His mission in graduating champions is something that he does at a level that is not done anywhere else. You see guys sticking around to get that degree and graduate as a champion. It’s a culture that I’m extremely attracted to.”
Best player I’ve played against: Boston College DE Izaiah Henderson.
Most interesting fact about myself: “I love to surf. I know anyone I tell that to shoots it down right away and doesn’t really believe me because of my size I guess. I love to cook, so maybe that too.”
Most embarrassing song on my playlist: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go — Wham!
Most controversial opinion: “Halloween is overrated.”
Dream job (other than the NFL): “I’ve always wanted to be on the business side of things. Maybe Wall Street or something like that. I’ve had a deeper interest this year in the stock market.”
NFL player comparison: Former New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.
Freshman year expectations: “To go in there open-minded and work hard. Take whatever my role may be, do that role to the best of my ability, put in the work and just grind.
Favorite thing about football: “The relationships you form with teammates and coaches. I think the best memories of my life were made with football. The opportunities that football brings to you — that’s the biggest thing. Relationships and opportunities.”
Under Armour, Nike or Adidas: Under Armour.
What’s your best sport other than football? Basketball.
Sports idol: Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
Preferred social media: Twitter.
Favorite musician/band: Boogie.
Favorite TV show: “If I’m just watching TV, ‘The Office.’ But for a series, ‘Breaking Bad.’”
Favorite movie: “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Celebrity crush: Jennifer Aniston.
How many times have you watched Rudy? A handful.
Most used emoji: 😂