Somerville: Immaculata HS Football Standout Begins NFL Career with Minnesota Vikings

Tashawn Bower, a 2013 graduate of Immaculata High School in Somerville, is on the opening day roster of the Minnesota Vikings, who open their NFL season September 11 against the New Orleans Saints.
No. 64 Tashawn Bower, a 2013 graduate of Immaculata High School in Somerville, rushes Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a preseason game.

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Standout Immaculata High School football player Tashawn Bower has played himself onto the opening day roster of the Minnesota Vikings after a four-year collegiate career at defensive end for perennial powerhouse Louisiana State University.

Bower, a 2013 Immaculata graduate, becomes the second graduate of the Somerville-based high school to make it to the NFL.

Despite a stellar collegiate career, Bower was not drafted by any NFL team, and signed with the Vikings as a free agent.

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Bower, who wears the purple-and-gold Viking jersey No. 64,  is listed third on the Vikings’ depth chart at right defensive end, behind starter Everson Griffen and Stephen Weatherly.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound lineman was heavily recruited by several high-profile national programs in his junior and senior years at Immaculata; he narrowed his choices to Florida and Auburn before selecting LSU.

The 22-year-old finished his senior season at Immaculata with 95 total tackles, 16 tackles for losses, 11 sacks, seven pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He was rated a four-star recruit by, and ranked as the No. 11 best defensive end in the nation and the No. 4 prospect in New Jersey by ESPN.’s top 150 listed Bower as the No. 132 prospect in the nation.

Bower was a four-year starter at LSU, playing 40 games, with seven starts in the 2015 and 2016 seasons; he finished off his senior year in spectacular fashion against the Louisville Cardinals, with three sacks against Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson.

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