Michigan Picks Up Flowers' Scent

Goodyear (AZ) Millennium high safety Marquis Flowers is one of the hottest prospects on the entire West Coast. Schools like USC, UCLA, and Washington and most recently Michigan have already offered scholarships. After the Maize & Blue made it into Flowers' school last week the talented youngster chatted with GoBlueWolverine about his interest in the Wolverines, his decision timeline, and more.

Sam Webb:  I hear Michigan made it by your school last week.

Marquis Flowers:  "Yeah they have made it by my school, but I'm not allowed to talk to them by NCAA rules."

Sam Webb:  When exactly did you receive the offer?

Marquis Flowers:  "I received the offer, I want to say around the end of April.  It was a surprise.  I really didn't even know that Michigan was looking at me.  They called me and they tell me that they were going to offer.  So it was a surprise."

Sam Webb:  Did you have much interest in Michigan before that or do you know have interest in Michigan as a result of them offering you?

Marquis Flowers:  "I had interest in Michigan but once they offered, it jumped up some more."

Sam Webb:  What do you know about the Wolverines?  What do you like about Michigan at this point?

Marquis Flowers:  "They got the most wins in DI.  That was good.  They usually compete for a BCS Bowl Game or a Championship.  I know they had a down year last year, but every team is not going to win every year.  I know they're getting a whole bunch of new stuff.  I was looking at them online and they're getting new stuff… they getting new things built.  They just signed with Adidas.  It is pretty nice up in Michigan."

Sam Webb:  What kind of vibe are you getting off of Tony Dews?  What kind of rapport do you have with him so far?

Marquis Flowers:  "Oh man… I can say he's a good coach.  He keeps it 100% real.  He's not going to BS around.  He's a good coach.  He's basically telling me how they do in college.  He is basically telling me how it would be at Michigan.  So he gave me a nice layout."

Sam Webb:  For people who haven't seen you play, I sort of want you to break down your game a little bit. 

Marquis Flowers:  "Oh man… going 100%, follow through every single play.  I'm a guy that hates to lose and that is going to give it his all for the whole time that he plays."

Sam Webb:  What is your height, weight and your 40 time?

Marquis Flowers:  "I' m 6'3".  I weigh 195.  My 40 time, hand timed is a 4.40."

Sam Webb:  When you get ready to evaluate these schools, whenever that is, what are going to be the most significant factors in that final choice?

Marquis Flowers:  "Comfortability… my relationship with my position coach since that's the coach I'm going to be most of the time, and how comfortable I feel. 

Sam Webb:  Are weather and/or distance going to be significant factors for you?  Are you open to leaving the West Coast?

Marquis Flowers:  "I'm open to everything.  There are good schools everywhere.  My options are still open."

Sam Webb:  Can you handle the cold weather in the winter?

Marquis Flowers:  "Oh yeah.  I'm a ballplayer. I'll play anywhere."

Sam Webb:  What about your parents?  I know you said that you're open to going anywhere in the country, but what are they saying?

Marquis Flowers:  "They just want me to have the best opportunity possible.  If it involves me moving away, they don't really mind.  They'll be there. They'll support me."

Sam Webb:  Did you grow up a fan of any particular school?

 Marquis Flowers:  "I did.  I grew up a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners."

Sam Webb:  Okay, now has Oklahoma offered you yet?

Marquis Flowers:  "No they haven't."

Sam Webb:  Let's say Boomer Sooner comes and offers you a scholarship… does that immediately rocket them to the top of the list or is still going to be wide open?

Marquis Flowers:  "Still going to be wide open."

Sam Webb:  What about visits.  Have you thought about which places you going to take visits to yet?

Marquis Flowers:  "Yes I have thought about it and Michigan is one of the places that I do want to take a visit to."

Sam Webb:  Do you think that you are going to do that unofficially or officially?

Marquis Flowers:  "I think I am going to take an official visit to Michigan."

Sam Webb:  Do you think you are going to take all five officials?

Marquis Flowers:  "Yeah I am."

Sam Webb:  Have you been able to take any visits to any schools yet?

Marquis Flowers:  "I've been to Arizona and Arizona State's Junior Day."

Sam Webb:  Are there any camps or combines coming up that you are going to participate in?

Marquis Flowers:  "I got the Rising Stars camp at USC that I'm going to go too and I got a camp, actually on the 23rd… a Scout.com camp."

Sam Webb:  That leads right into my next question about timeline.  Do you have a timeframe by which you'd like to have your decision made?

Marquis Flowers:  "I'm going to try and get it made at the All-American game."

Sam Webb:  Which one are you playing in?

Marquis Flowers:  "The Army All American."

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Flowers in the months to come.

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