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Thursday, December 6, 2012
DE Bower unfamiliar with Auburn coaches

By Dave Hooker

Tashawn Bower is still trying to get to know Auburn's new coaching staff.

The ESPN 150 defensive end from Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata said he's not familiar with defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, whose hiring was announced this week after Gus Malzahn was hired as head coach. Johnson is a longtime linebacker coach and defensive coordinator but was fired after one season as Southern Miss' head coach last season.

Bower said he hasn't talked to anyone from the school since Malzahn was hired. Bower, however, seemed impressed by the decision to hire Malzahn, who is known as an offensive guru. Malzahn was Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009-11.

"I think it's great for the offense and for the program, someone who knows what Auburn is all about," Bower said.

Bower said he is still committed to Auburn but has decided to evaluate other schools. He said he is considering LSU, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame and Rutgers. Bower said he intends to take official visits to some of those schools but is unsure when or where.

The four-star Bower already has taken his official visit to Auburn, which could work against the Tigers as they try to re-recruit him. Bower committed to Auburn in June.