Tashawn Bower's list of scholarship offers grew to 13 Tuesday when Pittsburgh was added to the mix.
Bower, a 6-foot-5, 227-pound defensive end, is among those on the ESPNU 150 Watch List. He called the Pittsburgh offer intriguing.
“I've been getting a lot of mail from them and when I talked [to assistant coach Dan Lanning] he told me where they're ranked in pass rushing and tackles for loss – that got my interest,” Bower said. “I might go there for a junior day on Jan. 28 if I can fit it into my schedule.”
Bower, who attends Immaculata High School in Somerville, N.J, also has offers from Connecticut, Florida State, Maryland, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Bower said he is being recruited to play both defensive end and outside linebacker, but added that he would prefer to play defensive end in college.
He said he'll begin visiting schools in January, and mentioned Florida, Florida State, Miami, Pittsburgh and South Carolina as schools he may visit. Florida and Miami have yet to offer. Bower is already familiar with Ohio State because he has relatives who live near the school.
“Right now it's hard to tell which schools I like more than others because I'm getting a lot of information from a lot of coaches,” Bower said. “I'll know more in January when I start checking out schools. I'd like to visit at least five.”
Bower said he hopes to have his list narrowed to “about a handful” of schools before his senior season begins. He said he won't make any decision until he takes all five of his official visits.
“It doesn't matter to me what part of the country the school is in,” he said. “It's about me being comfortable in a place and a place I could see myself living for four years.”