Flowers All Over the Map

Hakeem Flowers, the 6-2, 180-pound wide receiver prospect from South Carolina, took his first official visit and talks about more, while his favorites dot the map from coast to coast...

Hakeem Flowers, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound three-star wide receiver from Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, S.C., finished his senior season (9-2) with 60 receptions for around 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Flowers, ranked as the No. 109 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but favors Oregon, LSU, Michigan, UCLA and Georgia Tech. All have offered.

He took his first official visit on Oct. 16 to Michigan. "It was a fun time," he said about the trip. "The players and I really got along great. The coaches are very humble people and you can tell they love their job.

"They think I'd be a big playmaker in their offense," he said about the Wolverines. "Coach Rod (Rich Rodriguez) is rebuilding the program and bringing them back," he said. "I think they'll be winning a lot in the future."

Flowers expects an in-home visit from Michigan later this week.

Another school that Flowers believes is on-the-rise is UCLA. "From what I've seen they're moving up," he said. "They had a lot of injuries that set them back this year, but I think they'll be turning it around."

He is also considering the Bruins' Pac-10 rival, Oregon. "They really impressed me," he said about the Ducks' undefeated season. "I love how fast they play and how quick they are. I think they'll do great against Auburn…it'll be a good game."

Flowers was originally planning on visiting the Ducks on Dec. 18, but says that trip is likely not happening. "I'm not sure about it," he said. "I don't think so…it'll probably be moved to January. I need to talk to the coaches."

Flowers' top five represents schools from four different conferences – the Pac-10, Big Ten, SEC and ACC.

The lone SEC school on Flowers' list is LSU. "I like the tradition of their program," he said about the Tigers. "It's a great school."

The ACC school to make the cut is Georgia Tech. "Everybody says they don't throw the ball a lot," he said about the Yellow Jackets. "But they are always putting wide receivers in the league. They know how to get guys to the NFL and that's another school I think is starting to build something good."

Flowers says he won't make a decision until after his visits. "I want to hang out with the players and see how they're treated and what it's like being a player there," he said. "I want to see if I can picture myself living there and playing there.

"At the end of the day I'll go where I feel they recruited me the most," he said. "And where I think I can be the most successful."

Flowers reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 21 ACT and 1010 SAT.


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