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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Tashawn Bower committed, but looking

By Dave Hooker

Tashawn Bower said he still considers himself an Auburn commitment, but there is clearly work to do by the Tigers' next coaching staff.

The defensive end from Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata told ESPN in a text message that he is still committed to the Tigers but is also considering LSU, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame and Rutgers in light  of Auburn's decision to fire head coach Gene Chizik last month.

Auburn's once highly rated class has been rocked by the coaching change. The Tigers have lost some commitments and others have expressed concern.

Bower could continue the trend. He has shown strong interest in Rutgers. That nearby school could prove to be a challenge for Auburn's next coach to overcome. Bower, a four-star defensive end, committed to Auburn in June.