March 2, 2012

Bower will make a U-M visit

Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata defensive end Tashawn Bower will have plenty of college choices available to him when he decides to make a commitment. LSU, Florida State, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech are just a few of his many scholarship offers at this point.

He's already visited some of the schools that have offered him a scholarship, and the 6-5, 230-pound defensive end plans to continue his college tour this summer.

"I've visited Ohio State, South Carolina, UConn, the three in Florida, I think that's it so far," he said. "I'm probably going to hit a bunch of schools down South, like Florida, Florida State, and Miami again."

Another school that Bower wants to see in person before making a college choice is Michigan. A trip this spring or summer is in the works, and he's interested in confirming with Michigan defensive backs coach Curt Mallory has told him about the school and Ann Arbor.

"He's telling me how it's a great campus, academics, athletics," Bower said of Mallory. "They really want to sell the academics because I'm used to that being first, and academics comes first, obviously. That's the main thing. They really just want to get me down there to show me that the place is awesome, and that I'll love it."

Academics will play a huge role in Bower's eventual college choice. Immaculata has a great academic program, and he wants to continue achieving in the classroom when he gets to college.

"I'm definitely looking for somewhere that I feel comfortable, and I want to see how comfortable I am when I get there," he explained. "If I like the area, like the coaches and players, and then something I always ask about is academics and what their APR is."

As such a well-rounded individual, it's easy to see why college coaches are interested. On top of his desire to achieve academically, the No. 250 player in the country is also a pretty successful player between the lines. The four-star prospect is hearing college coaches rave about his quickness and ability to rush the passer.

One area that he won't rush, however, is in making his college commitment. He'll narrow to 10-12 top schools soon, but won't make a final decision until late into the fall.

"I'll probably going to make a decision after all five officials," he said.

An upcoming visit to Michigan could keep the Wolverines in the mix until the end.

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