Flowers goes in-depth with CanesTime

Ereck Flowers announced today that he will leave Miami and enter the NFL Draft. After a tremendous college career, Flowers sat down with CanesTime's Mike Bakas and explained that decision. He also talks about his career at Miami, his opinion of Al Golden, and what the future holds for the Hurricanes. Read on.

Ereck Flowers is ready to take the next step. He will skip his senior season at the University of Miami and enter the NFL Draft. He talked about how he arrived at that decision.

"I talked to my dad about it and it was a hard decision," Flowers told CanesTime. "I grew up a Miami fan. I enjoyed playing here. Now I think the best thing for me personally is to take my game to the next level."

Flowers, who says he's 6-foot-6 and around 330 pounds right now, was first offered a scholarship back in the spring of his junior year at Norland High. He credits his high school program for getting him ready to play right away at Miami.

"When I went to Norland things started picking up," he said. "My coaches at Norland really helped prepare me well to play at the college level. It was a good atmosphere and the competition I played against in Dade County helped me get ready to play in college."

Flowers was a mid-year entry so he was able to go through spring drills in 2012. That helped him work his way into the starting rotation as a true freshman.

"I started the first few games at right tackle and then I started switching off at left tackle," he said. "Back then when I was first getting started I never thought I'd be where I am now. High school football in Miami is second to none and I was able to use that to my advantage when I got here."

After starting four games as a freshman, Flowers moved to left tackle in 2013 and became the full-time starter there.

"I put in a lot of work in the offseason," he said. "I knew I had to make a lot of improvements. I worked hard on the little things and watched a lot of tape that offseason. I knew I'd be ready."

After a strong sophomore season, Flowers started hearing talk that he could be a high NFL Draft prospect one day.

"My coaches always told me that I'd have a chance," he said. "During the summer when I started reading and hearing about it it felt weird. I was wondering whether it was a dream (laughing). I'd go back and watch old tape and always thought I could do things better. I was never satisfied. That's the type of person I am. I wanted to have my best season yet."

That he did, as Flowers went on to start 12 more games at left tackle as a junior this season. While he played well, the team fell way short of expectations.

"We had all the talent and we worked really hard but the dice didn't roll our way," he said. "We were just a few plays away in some of those guys. The gameplans were good. The coaches were coaching hard. The players were working hard. It just didn't go the way we wanted it to and that was disappointing."

A lot of fans are wondering who will be capable of replacing Flowers at the left tackle spot. He is confident in his potential replacements.

"They have a bunch of guys," he said. "KC played there in high school and is going to be really good. Trevor Darling can play there. Taylor Gadbois can play there. They have some options and they'll figure out who the best guy is. Coach Kehoe does a great job. He's a legend at Miami. He'll get them ready."

Flowers, who says he plans to start training for pro workouts next week with Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami, believes the Canes still have a bright future.

"Talent will never be a problem," he said. "Miami is loaded with young talent. As long as the players keep working hard and keep buying in, they should be able to bounce back and have a good year next season."

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