Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 49 – DE Tashawn Bower
A whopping nine incoming freshmen made TSD's top 50 projected players for 2013, and New Jersey native Tashawn Bower (6-5, 247) is the first off the board. Ironically, Bower was also the last on board in the 2013 class on National Signing Day, choosing LSU in the 11th hour over Auburn and Florida. Landing Bower gives position coach Brick Haley another prime candidate to see the field right away with depth a question mark all along the defensive line.
But, even though experienced depth is hard to come by at defensive end for the Tigers, there's no shortage of untapped potential and talent. Perhaps that explains why TSD's top 50 includes five defensive ends (and at least one other player who could end up at the position). Bower typifies the athletic style of bookend that caught our voters' attention. With the size and quickness he possesses, it would be surprising if Bower didn't make an impact in his first year on campus.
By The Numbers
Bower's highest ranking: 43rd
Bower's lowest ranking: Not Ranked
Why this ranking is too high
Bower hasn't even played a down of college football yet. He also plays a position where it's tough for true freshmen to come in and stay afloat in the rough and rugged SEC. First-year players can have some impact at defensive end, but it's rare that they walk right into the SEC as an every-down player. For that reason, it's most likely (barring injury to the starters) that Bower is looking at spot duty. Hard to put a part-time player too high on the list.
Why this ranking is too low
Simply put: Bower is a stud. He's got a great 6-foot-5 frame to work with and continues to add bulk and muscle to it in advance of Fall Camp. If he maintains all his agility and quickness while doing that, there's no limit to where his career at LSU can go. There's a reason schools like Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech were after this guy. Plus, with the fact LSU needs bodies right away at defensive end, he'll have a chance to shine early.
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