Wide receiver Hakeem Flowers has one of those offer sheets that jumps out at you, a list littered from top to bottom with the elite programs in college football.
He’s able to claim offers from nearly every school on the Eastern Seaboard.
Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss have offered from the Southeastern Conference. Oklahoma, Nebraska and Notre Dame are also in the mix.
Out West, the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is drawing heavy interest from the Oregon Ducks, a campus he recently visited unofficially.
“It was really nice, and that’s how I had heard it was going to be,” Flowers said. “The facilities were definitely top of the line.”
Flowers also took in campus visits to Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma.
What was his impression after the sweep of powerhouse programs?
“It seems like everybody is competing with each other for the best facilities and academic set ups,” Flowers said. “I went up to Oregon and figured they would have the type of stuff that blew everything else away, but when you see go see places like Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma, it all seems about even again.”
Maintaining a tight-lipped approach to his process, the three-star Wade Hampton High product is hesitant to lend any clues as to the makeup of his leader group.
But by the end of the month, Flowers hopes to have the scope of his recruitment narrowed.
“I want to go ahead and cut it down to the teams that I’m really looking at, and then I will decide on which places I need to visit unofficially and what places I will see games at during the fall,” he said. “I’ve kind of just been relaxed with things so far. My team has some camp stuff to do and then I’ll be competing in some 7-on-7 tournaments, but after that I plan on taking some visits.
“Getting out to see what these campuses are like and meeting the coaching staffs are things I’m focused on. It will be about finding out who is really after me.”
Shuffling through mail and fielding calls from college coaches often becomes the part of the recruiting game to wear a high-profile prospect down, pushing them to end their process early.
“It’s crazy to me, especially when you have two or three different coaches from each school recruiting you,” Flowers said. “I have a hard time keeping up with it all, which is why I haven’t put as much time into it as other kids do. For me, it’s just about finding the place that feels like home. I’ll probably go and make a decision during the season.”
The good news for LSU is that defensive coordinator John Chavis, a fellow Palmetto State native, has made a lasting mark on the Greenville, S.C. product.
“Coach Chavis is actually one of the coaches that I have really connected with,” Flowers said. “It’s hard to bond with everyone when so many coaches recruit you, but he is one of the guys that I really like. He’s just got a good vibe to him. It’s pretty cool.”
While the Tigers could still land an official visit in the fall, Flowers isn’t wasting time on setting up his first trip to Baton Rouge.
At the request of Chavis, Flowers will travel to the second Les Miles Football Camp in July.
“I’ve already got the dates circled,” he said. “We are going to be over that way already, so we looked into taking the visit on the 17th. I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve heard nothing but great things.”