Flowers ready for quick OU return

OU commit Dimitri Flowers was finally about see campus last weekend. Now he's all set to return to Norman for good next month.

The official visitors to Oklahoma last week couldn't have had more different stories. One of them was Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen.

Hansen, an OU commit since April and in the Scout 300, has made more unofficial visits to campus than any commit in recent memory. Dating back to his sophomore season, he has been a frequent visitor to campus.

Then there was San Antonio Churchill fullback Dimitri Flowers. A banner senior season has helped him be upgraded to a three-star in Scout rankings and No. 5 overall at fullback.

Not only is he not as heralded as Hansen, last weekend was the first time the recent commit had seen the OU campus.

"Loved it immediately," Flowers said. "I knew right away I was home."

It will be his home a lot sooner than later, too. Flowers and Hansen are among the early enrollees for the Sooners this winter. His first time seeing the campus was last week, but he'll be living in Norman in less than a month.

His host was redshirt freshman wide receiver Dannon Cavil, which wasn't a huge shock since Cavil also played high school football in San Antonio. The message was the same from Cavil and the other players he talked with.

"They kept telling me to be ready to work hard," Flowers said. "Nothing is going to be given to me. If you work hard, you'll get your chance."

Flowers might get his chance before a lot of other recruits. With jack-of-all-trades fullback Trey Millard graduating, the fullback/H-Back spot is open for Flowers to make his mark.

With Flowers replacing Millard, it only made sense for him to pick Millard's brain as often as he could last weekend.

"He told me I'm going to be moving around a lot," Flowers said. "There's a lot of responsibility, and you have to know what you have to do for a lot of different positions."

Flowers was a dynamic receiver his senior season, and it's likely he'll be asked to put on at least 10-15 pounds when he arrives in Norman. He said not much was discussed in that regard because he'll be on campus soon enough to start his conditioning.

Originally a Boise State commit, Flowers flipped to the Sooners in early November. Because of the way OU's schedule worked out as well as his high school schedule, he never got to see an OU home game. But he said that wasn't a big deal and enjoyed the laid back environment of the team banquet.

"The laid back weekend was nice because nobody was worried about anything," Flowers said. "It would have been nice to see a game or something like that, but I'll see it soon enough."

Flowers decided to go to OU because it's a lot closer to home than Idaho is. Any thought at all about his decision was erased when former BSU coach Chris Petersen left to become the head coach at Washington.

"I do believe that it was simply meant to be," Flowers said. "There was a plan. I'm going to be in about three weeks, and I can't wait."

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