When Rich Rodriguez was dismissed as Michigan's head football coach a few weeks back, the news didn't come as much of a surprise to most college football observers. The same can't be said, however, for a number of recruits that the Wolverines were in hot pursuit of. Count Greenville (SC) Wade Hampton wideout Hakeem Flowers among that contingent. Despite that, he still thinks highly of the Maize & Blue.
"I didn't think it was going to turn out like that," Flowers admitted. "But I think they're still alright over there. It wasn't that big of a deal. It didn't change my opinion at all. I think it is a great program and a very rare program. It has a great tradition. Whether Coach Rod is there or not, it is still a great school."
Michigan has worked diligently during the transition process to let Flowers know he remains one of their priorities, but thus far there hasn't been much substantive discussion beyond that.
"I've been talking to Coach Singletary, the recruiting coach," Flowers reported. "They're just telling me that I'm still on their list highly and they still want me to think about coming there. They said that it is probably going to be a pro-style offense, which I will fit into well. I have a couple facts on (Brady Hoke), but I don't know a lot. I'm supposed to talk to him (Sunday night)."
The Palmetto State star may well get a crash course in Brady Hoke during an in-home visit in the very near future.
"Actually the week that (Rodriguez) got fired, he was supposed to come around to my house," said Flowers. "They're probably going to come down this week. Probably the head coach."
Flowers' other suitors will likely attempt a final sales pitch in the coming days as well. Pittsburgh has been particularly aggressive of late in a last ditch effort to enter the fray, but the three-star wideout appears ready to go into lockdown mode while he solidifies his final choice.
"I'm starting to look into (Pitt) a little bit, but I think it might be too late in the recruiting process. I haven't taken any other visits (in the New Year) and I'm not going to take any more visits. It is done now."
"As of right now, (no in-home visits other than Michigan are scheduled) that I know of. I'm going to announce my decision January 23rd at my school. 7:15 p.m. It is going to be between Michigan, LSU, Oregon and probably NC State."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on this story in the coming days.