Marquis Flowers (6-foot-2, 195-pounds) wasn't sure where he stood on Notre Dame's priority list, but that became evident last week as the Irish extended him a scholarship offer.
"Notre Dame has been in touch with me for a while, but it was just letters," Flowers recalled when asked about his contact with the Irish coaching staff. "They sent me letters for a while, and no coach had contacted me. Then coach Hart came down to the school, around the last week of school. He got a highlight film and watched it. He called my coach and said that they wanted to recruit me as a running back and gave me the scholarship offer.
"The offer…it's a big-time offer from a big-time school. It's an offer that you want to land. I felt good. I still have a lot of work to do, but it felt good. They're definitely one of the schools that I wanted to take interest in me. When I saw Devon Carrington get his offer, I wanted to get an offer from them. Their academic program is one of the best.
While Notre Dame sees a running back, other schools such as Nebraska, Oregon, Cal, Michigan, USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, Colorado and Washington have offered Flowers as a safety.
"I don't think it makes a difference where they recruit me," Marquis explained. "I think I can play running back and even if someone is recruiting me at running back, they may want me to play safety, so I don't think there's a big difference. Some coaches have talked about adding thirty pounds on me and making me a linebacker. I could play linebacker, safety or running back, it really doesn't matter.
"When I was younger, my goal was to just get a scholarship. I never thought it would come from Notre Dame or USC or any of the other schools."
Given the amount of attention that Flowers is receiving from national programs, he's not going to rush to a decision.
"I haven't picked any favorites or put the schools in any kind of order," Flowers said. "Right now I'm just trying to take it all in. Everyone is equal. Arizona and Arizona St. are the only schools that I've been to thus far.
"Right now I just want to take it all in, because I still have to focus on high school. I'd like to have the list of schools that I'm going to visit by the beginning or middle of my season. I want to play my senior season, take all my visits and then commit at the U.S. Army All-American Game.
"It will all come down to being comfortable," he said. "I have to be comfortable at the school, because that's where I have to spend the next three, four, or five years. I definitely want to look at the position coaches, because I'll definitely being spending most of my time with him."