Flowers Elated with ASU Offer

Marquis Flowers was eagerly waiting for that first scholarship offer. Thus, the Goodyear (Ariz.) Millennium safety was naturally excited when he finally received one last week and the fact that he came from the hometown Sun Devils was certainly an added bonus in his eyes.

"It really did relieve me that Arizona State offered," said the 6-3 195 Marquis Flowers. "I got some letters from Coach Cozzetto saying that ASU was going to offer me early. I figure that now that they offered me I will get some others.

"When he (Cozzetto) offered me a scholarship we talked about me coming down and checking out the school, because I haven't been to any games last year. I saw on them on TV and I liked how they play. I'm friends with Jamal Miles and T.J. Simpson. T.J. has started recruiting me a little (laughs)."

Flowers listed a top five of ASU, Arizona, USC, Oregon State and UCLA. The safety indicated that he didn't see himself committing early. "I want to make sure that I'm checking everything, talking it over with my parents," Flowers stated, "and see what situation fits me the best. I'm looking for a school where I can play early and feel comfortable.

"Playing close to home would be a plus. I don't like to leave home much. Playing in the Pac-10 would be a great experience because a lot of good players come out of that league."

The Millennium standout added that he's been sending his tape to teams such as Northwestern, Florida State, Alabama, Notre Dame and Colorado. "I grew up rooting for Oklahoma," he said, "but I don't think I'll end up there."

Millennium isn't considered one of the powerhouses on the Arizona prep scene, but Flowers doesn't seem to mind that position.

"I don't feel that it's hard for me to get noticed because I play in Goodyear," Flowers said. "It doesn't matter if you don't play for a big name school. If you play well schools will notice you. I like Millennium and that's the school I chose to go to and colleges are noticing me. Recruiting has been fun for me so far." This year the Tigers are moving up from the 4A-I division to the 5A-2 one, and Flowers is well aware of the challenge that lies ahead for him and his teammates this fall. "It's gonna get a lot tougher and a lot more physical than we're used to," Flowers stated. "But we have talent and toughness so I think we'll do OK."

Most the schools are looking at Flowers as both a safety and a linebacker. "I play both positions," he said. "I've got good speed and good versatility and I get from one point to the other very quick. I do want to get more physical when I play."

Flowers was voted All-Region and was honorable mention on the Arizona Republic's All-State team. He noted that he benches 250 lbs. and that a wrist injury in his sophomore year has scaled back some of his weight training in the past, but that he's able now to do more in that aspect.

The safety was clocked at a 4.4 speed and he sports a 33.5 inch vertical. As a junior he had 87 tackles, three interceptions, and three blocked punts. He scored eight rushing touchdowns on 932 yards from his running back spot, and he expects to continue and play both ways as a senior in 2009.

Flowers said that he doesn't have that many individual goals that he set forward for himself and that he mainly wants his team to succeed, especially in light of their transition to a higher division. "I want to get a 1,000 yards rushing and 100 tackles," he stated. "But as a team it's important to me and my teammates to show that we can win at the new level."

Flowers said that expects to attend the team camps at ASU, Arizona and USC this summer.

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