BATON ROUGE – Outside of actual game days, February 6 was the biggest day of the year for college football – National Signing Day. Twenty-seven future-Tigers put pen to paper and officially declared their intent to play for LSU. Among coach Les Miles’ latest Top 10 recruiting class was a bit of a shocker—Tashawn Bower.
Bower – a 6-foot-five-inch, 241-pound defensive end from Somerville, N.J. – had been a long-time commitment to Auburn University, but de-committed after the firing of former head coach Gene Chizik. He reopened his recruiting and, after dropping Notre Dame from the mix, was down to Auburn, the University of Florida and LSU.
Many signs pointed to Bower becoming a Gator. It was even reported and rumored on a few websites early on the morning of National Signing Day that he had faxed his letter of intent in to Gainesville. Bower did his best to clear up the erroneous information by tweeting he had not committed to Florida, and then came mass confusion for many fans. While the false story of Bower being a Gator continued to spread, he was seated at a table in the library of Immaculata High School, wearing a light blue Oxford shirt with a striped tie and dark navy blue school sweater. On the table in front of him was a purple baseball cap sporting the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business logo.
Bower had indeed committed to LSU, his letter of intent was faxed in to Baton Rouge and Tiger fans rejoiced, picking up a top recruit.
How exactly did Bower wind up displaying a College of Business hat, and how prominent was the college in his decision?
Following his announcement yesterday, Bower was quoted by http://www.mycentraljersey.com as saying that, “Academically, I think they (LSU) have a great business school. I had a really great meeting with the business professors there. They’re all big followers of LSU football and all the LSU programs. And it’s good to know that your professors understand your schedule. I know I’ll have the support there.”