Flowers doesn't delay the inevitable

In 14 days, three-star safety Tre Flowers is about to visit Tempe for the first time since he saw his uncle, Erik Flowers, don the maroon and gold 12 or so years ago. Yet, on Sunday night the Converse (Tex.) Judson High School standout decided that there was no reason to wait any longer to give his pledge to the Sun Devils.

"It feels very good," Flowers said Monday afternoon about his decision. "Me and my parents were talking about this (his decision to commit) almost every week and I felt confident about making this decision early before I visit down there. I was planning to make my decision sometime in November, but when I saw players starting to commit early at other schools and I didn't want to be left out. Arizona State didn't pressure me at all and they were always one of my top teams.

"(Linebackers) Coach Ron West was at my high school last week so I knew how much they wanted me and that also made me decide early. It meant a lot that he came all the way down here to see me. I really like Coach West because he is very cool with my parents and everytime he talked to me on the phone he made sure to talk to my parents too and keep them in the flow of everything. He was very excited when I called him up with my decision and so was Coach Graham."

Flowers also had offers from Kansas State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Utah and BYU among others.

Surprisingly enough, while some thought former defensive lineman Erik Flowers would be instrumental in his nephew's decision, the Judson safety actually downplayed that aspect.

"He would have supported me wherever I went," Flowers claimed. "But obviously he really likes my decision now (laughs). He told me Arizona State is a lot like home in San Antonio. He said that I would have fun there being at the college and playing football.

"I remember going to a lot of (Erik's) games and I remember just seeing a whole bunch of people there at the game. It was a long time ago; I was like five years old. He always told me to focus on my job and make sure that I knew I was 1/11 of the defense and that I need to first pull my own weight."

Needless to say that the safety received more exposure to the school in recent months too.

"I love the education there and I like Coach West and (safeties) Coach Ball," Flowers said. "When I watch them on TV they have a very fast defense and they are hard to beat. I can definitely see myself being a part of that."

The 6-2 180-pound Tre Flowers also plays running back and wide receiver for his school, and is also a track and field athlete who recorded a time of 22.1 seconds in the 200m and long jump mark of 23.5 feet.

"Arizona State is getting a very versatile player," said Mark Smith Judson's Head Coach. "It's a very good pickup for them. He's probably more of a free safety and I don't know if he's actually more suited for a corner. He has great overall speed, great hips, great feet and also great length which to me is the most important thing. You want to have guys that can cover a lot of ground when you face all of these spread offenses.

"No doubt he has to get a lot stronger. He's a great kid and no doubt one of our best leaders. He helped me make the transition this year as a new coach and just makes it a better experience for everyone involved. We went through our struggles early (Judson is 3-2 on the year) but I know he will be a great player and a great person for Arizona State."

"I think I need to work on everything," Flowers remarked, "and also gaining weight and being disciplined (in his reads). Coach Ball thinks I can be a good all-around safety and that is what I hope for myself too. I know I can play corner too but Coach Ball said that they need some help at safety."

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