Bower Taking His Time Since Coaching Change

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) four-star defensive end Tashawn Bower played a key role with three sacks in his team's semi-final victory in the state playoffs. Bower spoke with FOXSportsNEXT.com after the game about his commitment status at Auburn and if other schools are still involved in his recruitment.

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) four-star defensive end Tashawn Bower remains verbally committed to Auburn and does not expect that to change any time soon.

Bower is avoiding recruiting as best he can while his team drives deep into the Non-Public Group 2 playoffs in New Jersey. Bower helped lead his team to victory tonight, winning 49-7 over Montclair Kimberly, and has a finals matchup next week against Holy Spirit.

"This is my last year as a senior class and it has to be something special," Bower said. "I think the way I've done it is worrying about state first. This is more important right now and I need to take care of it."

Since coach Gene Chizik's firing at Auburn, Bower said he stays in contact with athletic director Jay Jacobs and is trying to let things play out.

Bower remains verbally committed to the program and said he looks forward to speaking with the new coach when a decision is made.

"I spoke to the athletic director a couple of days ago and he is keeping me posted on the coaching search and that whole situation," Bower said. "They're going to hire a coach as soon as possible and, once they get one, I'll probably give him a shout and that's all I can say about them until something happens."

In the meantime, Bower said he will not shut out contact from other schools because he wants to have a decision on National Signing Day that he knows is the right one.

"I'm definitely still letting coaches from other schools call on the phone just so they know that if this doesn't work, I still have genuine interest from these other schools," Bower said.

Bower has been to multiple Rutgers football games this season, located 15 minutes from his high school, and was there for the sold out loss to Louisville on national television. Defensive coordinator Robb Smith and defensive line coach Jim Panagos spent the day after the game scouting Bower during his game against M.K.A.

"It definitely shows that they're still generally interested in me and they're both honest coaches that care for you as a student and an athlete," Bower said. "For them to come here after that game to watch me is definitely something special. … [At the Louisville game,] the atmosphere was crazy. It was something I've never seen before and I think it's going to be like that, starting maybe next year or when they go to the Big Ten."

Bower is considering a Rutgers official visit.

"My only thing about that is that it's so close [to home] for an official," Bower said. "But I'm still considering it just like any other school."


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