Bower familiar with Gators new D-line coach

Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata defensive end Tashawn Bower has been committed to Auburn since June of 2012.

But following the Tigers’ 3-9 season and the firing of AU coach Gene Chizik, Bower has started looking around and last weekend he officially visited Florida.

The 6-foot-5, 241-pound Bower enjoyed the visit and on Thursday the Gators returned the favored and visited him in New Jersey.

“Coach (D.J.) Durkin and coach (Brad) Lawing visited me tonight,” Bower said. “It went really well. I’m glad that coach Lawing was able to come up with coach Durkin tonight.”

This was the first visit for Lawing, Florida’s new defensive end coach, and he couldn’t have picked a better person to visit.

“I already know coach Lawing,” Bower said. “I like him a lot, and it was good to see him. He recruited me to South Carolina and offered me when he was there. We have a good relationship, but I hadn’t talked to him in a little while until tonight.”

With the relationship already in place between Lawing and Bower, this coaching change could be a positive for Florida.

When asked if the hiring of Lawing helped Florida chances, Bower responded with a “yes.”

“Yes, it helps Florida,” Bower said. “I had a good relationship with him, and I already know what he’s all about.”

Next up for Bower is a trip to LSU this weekend and then a visit to Auburn the following weekend.

Will Muschamp will go in-home with Bower and his family next week.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.