Flowers Still Looking at Scarlet Knights

Rutgers went into South Carolina last year to get quarterback Chas Dodd, and now the Scarlet Knights are back there recruiting Wade Hampton High (Greenville, S.C.) receiver Hakeem Flowers. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Flowers holds more than 40 offers, and is looking hard at Rutgers. In fact, he told a lot of people "don't realize the type of program they are." What else did he say?

Wade Hampton High (Greenville, S.C.) receiver Hakeem Flowers holds more than 40 offers and is yet to trim his list, but one school he continually researches is Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights have been recruiting the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Flowers with fervor, and visited his school during the spring evaluation period.

"Their coach visited the school in the spring and I've definitely done some research on them," Flowers said. "They're a really good program, and a lot of people kind of sleep on them and don't realize the type of program they are. It's a really good program."

The Palmetto State is not foreign when it comes to recruiting for Rutgers. Quarterback Chas Dodd was plucked from Brynes High in Duncan, S.C., in the last recruiting class, and Flowers is giving the Scarlet Knights serious consideration.

"I'm still looking at them," he said. "I've been doing a lot of research. They send me a lot of mail and stuff like that. They're actually recruiting me kind of hard."

Flowers caught 50 passes for approximately 800 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. He holds offers from schools across the nation and among the schools he visited in the summer were Oregon, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech and UCLA.

Flowers previously told two of his finalists will be LSU and Oklahoma, and he will make a decision close to signing day.

And while he is closing in on trimming his list, Flowers is not yet ready to make it public.

"I'm still doing research on schools," Flowers said. "So, I don't want to throw a school out there, and then wind up having them not be on my list."

Now, though, Flowers is getting ready for the Aug. 27 season opener against Blue Ridge High in Greer, S.C.)

"We've been doing a lot of conditioning to prepare for the season, so I feel pretty good," he said. "I think we have a chance to be pretty good this season."

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