While written scholarship offers could not be extended by college coaches until this past September, wide receiver Hakeem Flowers has done plenty of work in short time.
“I am up to 24 offers,” Flowers said. “Everybody from here on the East Coast to out on the West Coast has shown me love. I already get the feeling that my college decision could take me anywhere I want to go.
“My family has talked with me about going somewhere that I can feel comfortable at, and that does not have to be around South Carolina. Distance won’t really play into my decision.”
That is good news for the LSU staff. Tiger head coach Les Miles offered the 6-foot-3, 185-pound receiver at the beginning of September, one of the few 2011 receiver prospects to get the early call.
“It was one of the first offers that came, and it was the most surprising one,” Flowers said. “It was a really big day, for sure. When it came over the fax, it was a cool moment.”
Since the scholarship offer arrived, Flowers has had his eyes on the television set.
“I have watched pretty much every LSU game this season,” he said. “I see the bigger receivers that they like to throw to, and I definitely like that. I could see myself fitting in over there … I want to be in an offense that will throw to the playmakers, and that is how LSU has played so far.”
With offers also in from Miami, Tennessee, UNC and Florida State, among others, the weekend visits have already begun. So far, Flowers has taken two in two campuses.
“I went to Clemson and saw them play Wake Forest, and then the Georgia Tech and UNC game,” he said. “Both were good game atmospheres, and both let me know that every college is going to have something that I really like.”
As for a trip to Baton Rouge, expect to see Flowers before 2011 National Signing Day.
“I am definitely going to get to LSU for a game, but that will likely happen next season. After getting the offer and watching some games, I definitely want to make that happen.”