Bower Talks LSU

Tashawn Bower

Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) four-star defensive end Tashawn Bower, who was long committed to Auburn, flipped to LSU on signing day and he spoke about it with FOXSportsNEXT.

Four-star defensive end Tashawn Bower of Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) stayed committed to Auburn for a long time, but on signing day he chose another SEC school.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Bower selected LSU over Florida, but only after a painstaking process in which he went back-and-forth about it. He was also considering Auburn and Florida State.

"It was 10 times harder than I thought," Bower said of the decision. "I was up for eight, nine hours talking about it (Tuesday night). I spent from six o'clock until 2 a.m. talking about it with my dad, my coach, my mom. For eight straight hours I was talking about it."

Even with all the Tuesday deliberation, Bower still wasn't sure what he was going to do as his signing day announcement ceremony loomed.

At several points during the morning, Bower was leaving toward to Florida.

However, minutes before he reached the podium for his announcement, he decided on LSU.

"I think that the end of the day, this whole thing is about relationships and I think that's what I have the great ones," Bower said. "I think it's a great opportunity to compete and play early. I thought I could be successful there, and that was really the hardest thing, deciding which was best. Florida and LSU was neck-and-neck with that.

"I can't really say what a deciding factor was, other than when you know, you know."

Bower also will have a chance to play with his hand on the ground as a true defensive end a lot more with LSU than he would have with Florida.

"I thought for what my future goals are, it made total sense," Bower said. "I believe I can be happy there."

Bower didn't alert either coaching staff until after he announced his decision at the school, and the staff was thrilled.

"I talked to (defensive line) coach (Brick) Haley and he passed the phone," Bower said. "They have a video (feed) there and they were ecstatic when they actually got the letter of intent."

Bower is also excited to play defensive end for one of the best programs and top defenses in the nation.

"It tells you you're going to be competing against the best of the best, and that's what I want," Bower said. "I think that's going to help me become the best person and player that I can be and hopefully take me to the next level."

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