Spotlight 2013: Tashawn Bower's series on some of the top area players and Rutgers targets in the 2013 class makes a stop a few minutes from campus Tashawn Bower of Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) is profiled.

Finding a pure pass-rushing defensive end is never easy in recruiting, and Rutgers is constantly in the market for one.

When it comes to the 2013 class, one is sitting a few minutes from campus in Immaculata High's (Somerville, N.J.) Tashawn Bower, a 6-foot-4, 230 pounder with offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, Connecticut and Virginia.

"If feels good," said Bower, who had 52 tackles and eight sacks as a sophomore. "It feels like all the hard work is paying off but you have to stay committed to the team and what you do on a regular basis. But it pays good knowing all your hard work is paying off."

Already holding a quartet of offers, Bower saw plenty of interest from schools during the spring evaluation period.

Miami, Northwestern, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Wisconsin and North Carolina each stopped by the school.

"It's fun, to a point," Bower said. "It's good having all these coaches recognizing you and your talent, but it gets kind of hectic and busy at times."

Bower is in the middle of his camp schedule, which began last weekend at the Rutgers Big Man Academy. He is also camping at Florida, Miami, Florida State and Ohio State, and will return to Rutgers next week for the three-day camp.

But his experience at Rutgers last Saturday was extremely beneficial.

"There were a lot of intense drills," he said. "We started with running our 40s, and they we got into offensive and defensive line drills, and I went into (assistant) coach (Bob) Fraser's group. We talked about staying low and keeping our pad level, then we did some 1-on-1s, and then had film review.

"I liked that. It showed us everything we need to work and they show you your strong points. I ran a pretty good 40 (he didn't know the time), did well in the agility, felt pretty quick. In the 1-on-1s I did well."

It also allowed Bower, who visited for spring practice and has been to campus several times, to further his relationship with the Rutgers staff.

"I got to talk to coach Fraser a lot since I was with him, and also I talked to (assistant) coach (Jeff) Hafley and (assistant) coach (Robb) Smith," Bowe said. "I talked to them most of the day. Every time talking to them helps the relationship and you could learn things every time."

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