LSU gets signing day surprise

Everybody loves signing day surprises. That is, if you're on the receiving end.

LSU added ESPN 150 defensive end Tashawn Bower on Wednesday after what was an eventful last 24 hours for the Somerville, N.J., product.

The 6-foot-5, 241-pound Bower had been committed to Auburn since last summer, but started looking around again after Gene Chizik was fired. He took visits to Florida, Florida State and LSU and then went back to Auburn this past weekend.

There were rumblings early Wednesday morning that Bower had told Florida he planned to sign with the Gators. Bower admitted that he thought it was going to be Florida at one point and then went back and forth before deciding on the Tigers.

Bower told the New Jersey Star Ledger that he didn't make a final decision until about two minutes before he walked into his high school library to announce.

"You have to follow your heart, and this is where my heart led me," Bower said.

Bower is ranked No. 132 overall in the ESPN 150 and the No. 11 defensive end prospect nationally.

With the Tigers losing six defensive linemen from this past season's team, Bower could get a chance to play early in 2013.