This weekend, one of the state’s top prospects heads to Austin as one of the most decorated guests at the Texas Longhorns’ first Junior Day.
“I am excited about it,” Flowers said. “My family is here in Texas, and the program is definitely doing big things. I know I have a spot, I just am not sure yet if Texas is the place for me in the end. I am sure they will press me to commit, but I don’t think I will. This weekend should just help me get a better feel on the program.”
While the Longhorns are pressing the 6-foot-3, 275-pound offensive tackle, they aren’t alone.
“Texas, LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma are some of the bigger schools that have offered,” Flowers said. “Oklahoma State just sent their scholarship to me today, as well. I like where I am at, because I have really good options.”
Yet, the Tigers are taking a different approach to the recruitment of the North Shore High standout.
While Flowers said most schools are recruiting him to the offensive side of the ball, the Tigers – led by defensive line coach Brick Haley – have told the nation’s No. 6 ranked tackle that he could play either way.
“Coach Haley moved onto my recruitment after coach [Larry] Porter took the job at Memphis, and I have gotten to know him well, and everything he tells me I believe as fact,” Flowers said. “He told me he loved my chances on either side of the ball, which is good because I would love to try defense first in college.
“I am realistic, and I know I am currently a better tackle and will probably be there eventually in college, but I at least want that shot to prove myself over on defense,” he added. “Coach Haley said LSU would give me that shot, so that’s an advantage for sure.”
With plans to also attend both LSU and Oklahoma State’s junior days over the next month, Flowers will remain busy as he narrows down his college choices. With Texas and LSU still the teams recruiting the four-star prospect the hardest, Flowers said that the trips should provide plenty of insight – and push him close to a decision.
Until it is time to sign in 12 months, Flowers will focus on the one thing – outside of football – that he refuses to let slip in his life.
“School is all I really have going,” he laughed. “I have all As and Bs right now, and if it goes below that my mom won’t let me out.”