Florida Two-Way Standout Visits This Weekend

The biggest test for the Iowa State coaching staff could be finding a position for a talented two-way player from the St. Petersburg (Fla.) high school ranks.

Dominique Flower, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Northeast High School taking his official visit to Iowa State this weekend, put up impressive numbers on both sides of the ball.

Those in the area took notice, too, as he earned first-team all-county mention in the Saint Petersburg Times as a defensive back, while another service made him a second-team all-area wide receiver. Flower led the team in tackles as a free safety and racked up 14 career interceptions. He pulled in 31 receptions for 835 yards and rushed for 520 more as an offensive threat.

"(Iowa State's) recruiting me to play free safety," said Flower, who said he had scholarship offers from Troy State, Tennessee State, Hofstra and could have another from Louisville soon. "I like receiver because you can make big plays, but I get tired of getting hit sometimes and want to punish other people. If I'm getting hit a lot, I want to get on defense and let them know how I feel. But if the game's on the line in front of 90,000 people, I want to play receiver because I can win the game."

Position probably wouldn't matter if the Cyclones decided to offer Flower a scholarship this weekend. Not that he'd commit on the spot, but Flower would seriously consider playing for ISU.

"I'm going up there this weekend and I'd like to get to know the coaching staff and have some fun," Flower said. "Hopefully they'll offer me a scholarship up there. I could go to another school, but I really hope they offer me. I'd like to say I would commit if they offered and wouldn't have any problem with it, but my Mom would probably like me to wait and talk to her about it.

"I've been keeping track of the football team in the last year. They tripped up in the end, but I think they have a good program. It's the Big 12 and you can't beat that. It's the hardest conference."

Flower currently has another visit set for Tennessee State on Jan. 24 and already visited Hofstra last weekend.

Never lacking for confidence, Flower says he's more than capable as a basketball player at Northeast. After averaging 17 points per game as a junior, he moved to point guard this season and has seen his scoring average drop to 13.8 but his assist total of five per contest ranks fourth in the county.

"I think if I were on a better team and had the opportunities I have had in football, I'd probably be more dominant at basketball," Flower said. "I can take over a game. I like both sports. Football is my ticket, but I'm dominant in basketball because I can get my hands on the ball and make big plays."

Flower hopes to know very soon whether or not ISU is the program punching that ticket.

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