The 6-5, 241-pounder out of Immaculata High School was a standout performer at an Auburn football camp and came away from his trip to AU saying he was very high on the Tigers. He planned to narrow his list of colleges from 10 to a smaller group before making his choice, but on Tuesday he decided that Auburn would be his college destination.
"It's a feeling that you get, and it's so hard to explain," Bower said when asked why he chose the Tigers. "I just felt at home."
"I want to be treated like a son," Bower said of the kind of relationship he wants with his college coaches. He noted that is what he believes he will get playing football for the Tigers.
Tashawn Bower said "War Eagle" when he announced that he will sign with the Tigers.
"The whole thing at Auburn is about family and I really saw that over the course of my visit," he said. "I loved it, everything about it. Everything was a plus. There is nothing bad I can say."
He is ranked as a three-star prospect as the No. 33 rated defensive end in the country. Playing end in a 4-3 defensive front, he was in on 75 tackles as a junior.
Bower said he liked the Auburn campus on the multi-day visit he made with his father last week. He also noted that he built a good relationship with Mike Pelton, Auburn's defensive line coach.
"I got to see how he coaches and he got to see how I work and whether I am coachable or not," Bower said of his time spent working with Pelton at the Auburn camp. "That went well. I really enjoyed that.
"It is huge because you get to tell whether he is a teacher or yeller," the prospect added of his time spent with Pelton. "It is different for a lot of recruits. Some need someone to yell at them, some like myself need a coach to be a teacher so I think with Coach Pelton it is a match."
The prospect added that spending a lot of time with Pelton the coach made him feel like he was already part of the team.
Bower is Auburn's 12th verbal commitment for the 2013 class.
The defensive end noted that the academic portion of the equation on his college choice is important, too. Bower said he was impressed with what he saw and heard when he toured the Auburn campus.
He said his goal is to finish his college degree in three years and if everything works according to plan he wants to play in the NFL after he graduates.
Bower began receiving a lot of attention from college coaches with good performances at camps and combines after his sophomore season. That continued after he helped Immaculata post a 9-2 record last fall as the team reached the semi-finals of New Jersey's non-parochial Group 3 state tournament.
Bower said that he is still growing "weight-wise," but is probably about as tall as he is going to grow.
The New Jersey high school star said he is glad he and his dad flew down to Auburn for the camp and an extended took at the AU campus. He said that helped him make his decision to choose the Tigers. "I think spending three or four days makes it a lot easier," he said. "I would recommend it to any recruit. You get to take in everything...It's a lot to take in. If you are there for three or four days you can kind of digest everything and realize you like this, didn't like this or you like all of it."
The defensive end said that he likes football program as well as the players, coaches and the other people he met while visiting Auburn. He added that the opportunity to play in the SEC is exciting. "To me I feel like it is the best of the best."
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