Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) defensive end Tashawn Bower committed to Auburn back in June, but with the coaching change on the Plains he is looking around at other schools.
“I’m going to visit LSU and Florida and Rutgers now,” Bower said. “I’m taking one [to Florida] on the 18th and 19th. LSU is 25th and 26th and I don’t know when Rutgers is.”
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Bower insists he is still committed to Auburn, but the visits will play a large part in deciding if that is the school he signs with in February.
“I’m still committed,” he said. “I got to see how everything plays out with these other visits. I may still possibly could go back down to Auburn also.”
When asked what could possibly sway him from his current pledge, Bower explained it would be much of the same reasons he chose Auburn in the first place.
“Honestly, it would have to be a lot of the same stuff I saw at Auburn. Being comfortable with the people, the players and I guess it comes down to would I be more comfortable at those other places than I was at Auburn.”
Bower has been in recent contact with Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and the two discussed how the four-star prospect would fit in the Gators’ defense.
“Right now we’re just talking on the phone seeing how things are going,” Bower explained. “I talked to coach Quinn a couple days ago, we had a good conversation.
“I guess they see me at the ‘Buck’ position, so that’s a little bit of both, standing up. They also got a couple guys leaving so there could be a need there.”
Being a New Jersey kid and a looming official visit to Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights would appear they could have an inside track to land Bower before national signing day. However, he says they are just another option despite the proximity to his home.
“Honestly, they are just like any other school. It’s not really a big difference whether it’s in the hometown or not. They just have as much of a chance as the other schools, considering I’m still committed to Auburn and just like the other schools I’ll take a visit there.”
One school that could possibly get Bower’s fifth official visit is Florida State. The Seminoles met with him a couple weeks ago and expressed their need at the defensive end position.
“They came by right before the dead period got started, that was good to see them,” Bower said of Florida State. “There is definitely need for help at the end position. They would offer playing time extremely early and that’s something really appealing to me and would be a good plus.”
Bower, 247Sports’ No. 129 prospect in the nation, is unsure when he will have a final decision made.
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