Flowers talks ASU visit

Safety Marquis Flowers, the Sun Devils' top in-state target for the 2010 recruiting class visited Tempe last weekend and talked to Devils Digest about his experience.

"I had a good visit," said the 6-2 193 Marquis Flowers. "I got to hang out with the players, and they took good care of me. I ate a lot on my visit (laughs). I've been there a lot of times so there was nothing really new that I didn't see before, but they took care of me and that was real nice.

"I really like the academic support team at Arizona State. They really do a good job there helping the players out and keeping them on track."

Flowers, ranked as the nation's 13th best safety by Scout.com is also getting recruited by ASU's rival Arizona, and he was happy that he got to see the Duel in the Desert up and close and personal last Saturday.

"That defense against U of A was really good," Flowers stated. "They fly around and hit all the time. They're losing a lot of defensive backs so it's a situation where I can come in and play right away."

The Goodyear Millennium standout has a solid combination of size and speed, and the Sun Devils much like other schools pursuing him can see him play one of a few positions.

"They (ASU) didn't say if they are recruiting me as a strong or free safety," Flowers remarked. "They want me to be a physical safety no matter where I play so that's the approach I'm taking. Strong, free…I just want to play.

"Coach Erickson talked to me about getting bigger and possibly playing outside linebacker, but I know that for the first couple of years I'll need to play at safety."

Sun Devils' safety coach Matt Lubick is recruiting Flowers and the four-star prospect indicated that he is enjoying the relationship he has with who could be his future position coach.

"He's straight forward with me and is always 100 percent honest," Flowers said. "He doesn't say that if I go there I will start, but he talks about the opportunity to come in and have a chance to start. Coming out of high school, you just want the opportunity.

"He always keeps in touch, but doesn't keep me too long on the phone because he knows that I have high school stuff I need to take care of. He keeps it nice and short."

The safety added that Lubick will come for an in-home visit later this week.

Flowers plans to wrap up his official visits this month. He plans to visit USC and UCLA in the next couple of weeks, and if he can he will squeeze in a visit to Arizona as well. "If I can't visit U of A that's OK," he explained. "I already been there and I know the area and everything else."

Prior to his ASU visit, the only official trip he has been on was to Notre Dame, which is obviously much further than the other four schools he's considering.

"In the beginning of the process I thought I wanted to be away from home just because I haven't been out of Arizona too much," Flowers explained. "Now the more I think about being close to home will probably be a factor and all those four schools I consider close to home."

Flowers mentioned that he still plans to make his announcement at U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan.9 in a live broadcast from San Antonio.

"I might get a little camera shy," Flowers joked. "But I know that by the time I'm going to come back from that game I will have committed to a college."

This year the Tigers moved up from the 4A-I division to the 5A-2 one, and finished 8-4 as they lost to Chaparral in second round of the playoffs.

As a senior Flowers rushed for1247 yards and 16 touchdowns. On defense, where he plays both as a linebacker and as a safety he collected 62 tackles, four pass defended and two interceptions for the Tigers.

At the end of his junior campaign Flowers was voted All-Region and was honorable mention on the Arizona Republic's All-State team. 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.


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