Some prep athletes feel fortunate to land just one major offer by the end of their senior season. To land over thirty just at the completion of their junior campaign would seem more of a dream than a reality for many, but not all, as Wade Hampton High School (S.C) product Hakeem Flowers (6’3, 185, 4.4) holds almost three dozen scholarships.
Even with his team’s offense running the ball the majority of the time, Flowers managed to showcase enough potential to catch the eyes of coaches from some of the most prestigious programs in the country.
Coaches from places such as LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Miami, and Tennessee, among several others, have already extended the Class of 2011 prospect official offers.
“The season didn’t end too well for my team, but I did okay,” Flowers told TigerSportsDigest.com. “As a team we finished 3-7, but I thought I did a good job at playing my role. I thought I improved on coming back for the ball and really going after it, but I can still work on route running. You can always get better at running routes.”
Flowers could not remember his exact stats from this past season but he said that he finished with close to 50 receptions for more than 800 yards and eight scores to go with over 400 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
While he could not rattle off his exact stats from his junior campaign, he had no problem rattling off the number of scholarship offers he has already taken in.
“I’m up to 31 offers,” Flowers informed. “I figured I’d get some looks this season, but I didn’t know my recruitment was going to get this big and this early. It feels pretty good knowing you could go play anywhere you want.”
While Flowers has the opportunity to play for the program of his choosing, he has yet to narrow things down. And unlike many kids, Flowers denied having a favorite team growing up.
“Right now I’m wide open to everyone,” he admitted. “I didn’t have any childhood favorites or anything so everyone will get a fair look from me.”
With that said, Flowers claimed a few of the 31 offers he received have caught his eye, including one from the Bayou State.
“I like LSU a lot,” Flowers informed. “LSU has a very good program and it seems like every year they have a good offense. I like the style they run. Coach [D.J] McCarthy was the coach that told my coach LSU was going to be sending me an offer. I know he is not there anymore so now I’m going to have to try to get in touch with someone else to get more information about the program.”
Flowers is looking to learn more about what LSU has to offer including a few things in particular.
“I know LSU will be one of the schools I’ll be seriously looking at,” Flowers added. “I’m going to be looking at academics, the campus life, and the coaching staff. I want to go somewhere that I could live and feel comfortable for four years and I’d also like to connect with the coaches.”