The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors coaching staff decided to use several available scholarships on late additions and junior college players who looked to be last-minute qualifiers. The strategy paid off with talent like Melvin Davis and Isaiah Bernard. Nearly every move panned out, except for lineman L.A.Pierce lineman Antonio Flowers
Flowers’s absence on the UH roster wasn’t all on his shoulders, however.
“My junior college was supposed to take a grade off that would put be above a 2.5,” Flowers said. “It took them three months to finish it. The sad part is that I needed it by August 4 to be eligible and in came in just a few weeks later. Now I’m having to take my redshirt year and look to transfer.”
“Now I’m at a 2.53 and I can take official visits and will be eligible to transfer at the midyear.”
Flowers can take official visits, but he doesn’t want to.
“I’m all about Hawaii, I fell in love with Hawaii,” Flowers said. “I really like coach Abe and the intensity that coach Naeole brings to the offensive line with his professional experience. I would love to play for him.”
While Flowers has gotten interest from FCS schools led by Montana State and contact from Fresno State and San Diego State, he hasn’t heard a lot from the school he wants to be at most though.
“I haven’t heard from them in a while,” Flowers said of Hawaii. “I understand they have a season to prepare for and I know they were disappointed I couldn’t make it in. But I want them to know I am all in on Hawaii. It’s up to their decision if they still want me.”
I know they were looking for offensive linemen and now they will lose Ben Clark. I think I could come in and make an immediate impact.”
Flowers was listed at 320 pounds at the time of his commitment. While he is taking his redshirt season off he is training hard on his own as much as he can.
“I’m working out everyday, lifting hard and doing training as much as I can on my own,” Flowers said. “I’ve lost 20 pounds of fat, so I must be doing something right. Some schools have asked to send me video of myself working out, but I don’t want to talk to anyone but Hawaii.”
Depending on how his transcripts are finalized, he could have three or two years to play FBS.