Hakeem Flowers was able to visit a handful of schools in the summer months, campus trips that the three-star wide receiver prospect feels helped solidify what became his final five schools: LSU, Oregon, UCLA, Georgia Tech and Michigan.
“I went and saw everywhere but Michigan,” Flowers said. “Those trips really helped narrow things down. After you get to see a campus and meet the coaches in person, you get a whole new feel. I think that I will be good with any of these five schools.”
What helped push LSU into the leader group?
“Getting to meet coach Miles and coach (Billy) Gonzales was awesome, and just being around them when they were at work was fun,” Flowers said. “I was there for camp, but I didn’t compete. I just used the trip to see the campus and get a feel for what college life would be like.
“It was a pretty great experience. Once you get that visual of a place like LSU, it means a whole lot more. That visit really stood out to me as one of the best.”
As the back half of the college football season plays out, the Greenville, S.C. native hopes to make official visits to his remaining schools of choice. While he hasn’t circled a date, Baton Rouge is on the itinerary.
“I have been looking at the schedule to see what weekend would be best for my parents to get out with me, because they went and saw schools like UCLA, and I want them to get a look at LSU before I need to decide,” Flowers said. “I’m excited about getting over there. I have watched the games that have come on television, but I know seeing a game in person is what its all about.”
Without a decision date in mind, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder said that he’s in no rush to trim his list any further. As for his standing with LSU, expect wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales to make his way to the East Coast to watch Flowers in person.
“The numbers are tight in LSU’s class, so coach Gonzales wants to get over here and see me in person again,” Flowers said. “I just talked to him this week and he said he was setting things up. Coach Gonzales and I hit it off over the summer, and his message has always been that I could come in and compete for a spot on the field as early as I wanted.
“They have some young receivers, and they are looking for the playmakers to step forward.”
At 17 total commitments, the Tigers already have pledges from receivers Jarvis Landry, Alonzo Lewis and Paul Turner, though Lewis and Turner have the capability to play on either side of the ball. In state, the lone receiver on the big board is Newman’s Odell Beckham, who is down to LSU and Miami.
Off to a quick start at Wade Hampton High this fall, Flowers is already over 600 yards and seven touchdowns on 25 receptions.