The class of 2015 running back's phone call to Nick Saban wasn't a surprise to those in his circle considering his sentiment towards the Crimson Tide.
"He's just an Alabama fan, first of all," said the coach. "He always wears Alabama paraphernalia, so there's that. They've got the best program around being that their national champions in three of the last four years.
"You can't find a much better program."
"But also what they've done with backs in the last few years," Ashley continued. "Those things all together makes you not have to think very much. That's never a bad decision, right there."
Ppicking up the Tide offer at the January 23 Junior Day event, Flowers is the first offensive commitment in the class of 2015 for Alabama, joining defensive back Deionte Thompson and defensive end Mekhi Brown on the commit list.
"He's a real good kid," said Ashley of his top offensive talent. "He's got a great family. Tremendously hard worker, loves the weight room and he's a good student.
"He's 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, a workhorse type running back that Alabama looks for. He's just a sophomore, at 15 years old, so he'll get bigger. He's got good, 4.6 speed or so, so he's a good prospect."
Though highly-touted and already accomplished, the commitment isn't the end of Flowers' journey at Vigor.
"He needs to work on everything, he needs to continue to develop as a person, athlete and student," said the coach. "This is a starting point, not an ending at all.
"He's working to be better his whole life, if you're not getting better you're getting worse."
Flowers ran for 922 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012.