Flowers finishes high school

Friday has marked a bitter-sweet day for many elite football players in America. It was the final day of the school year, and a select group of December grads will sacrifice their final semester of childhood in order to begin classes and football practices at their school of choice. Alabama-bound running back DeSherrius Flowers is among them.

Before he enrolls at Alabama and attends his first college class on January 7, DeSherrius Flowers capped his high school career at Prichard (Ala.) Vigor High School Friday.

His high school football career will end just four days before that initial course in Tuscaloosa, competing with some of the best prospects in the country at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas.

Last week, he was in Montgomery with Team Alabama in preparation for a seventh straight Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game win over the border rivals.

Immediately following the game, Flowers traveled to Tuscaloosa for the one and only official visit during his college recruitment. It’s been busy, too say the least.

“It was good,” he said of the trip. “Being around the coaches and talking to them a lot about how everything works, when you stay positive and do the right thing. And getting our education first, the important things in life. I enjoyed it.

“I was with Coach (Nick) Saban, Coach (Lane) Kiffin, Coach (Burton) Burns and Coach (Scott) Cochran.”

There was a simple and clear message from the staff to the Scout100 four-star running back before he takes his talent and education to the next level.

“They want me to be ready for everything, come in with a positive attitude and make great choices to be successful,” Flowers said. “They think it’s a great idea because I’ll be able to get a head start on things.

“And now I’m finished with everything.”

Flowers (28) has the look of a ‘Bama running back.

At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, there is a lot expected of Flowers, who has dealt with multiple injuries over the last two seasons. He’s heard about switching positions, trying to get back to 100 percent and much more in between his early verbal to Saban and company and the date in which he actually dons crimson and white for the first time.

The student is most proud of the academic achievement that goes along with everything on the field.

“It feels good to enroll early, knowing I have the grades and enough credits to leave early,” he said.

In between more tours of Tuscaloosa, free food and the usual ins and outs of an official visit, Flowers singled out time with another player who has gone through adversity before thriving for the Crimson Tide.

“I was with Jarran Reed a lot, he was real cool, a very positive person,” the senior said. “I didn’t have too many questions for him.”

But as per usual, the best part of the teenager’s trip to town was at one of its most famous residences.

“Coach Saban’s house was the best part,” Flowers said. “Because of all the different activities. We went go-cart riding, and played pool, things like that.”

Practice in San Antonio begins on December 29, and BamaMag will have full coverage throughout the week.

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