With his desired summer decision coming up quick, Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco tailback Demetrious Flowers has a clear focus on what he’s look for in a college.
Like many elite-level talents, the 6-foot, 210-pound tailback wants a school that features the running game, has a history of success and develops their prospects. Just as important to Flowers, he wants a school that combines all that with a top-notch academic school.
“I am really focused right now on deciding what I want to major in,” Flowers said. “The school part is a big factor of all these colleges.”
With that having been said, it’s understand why Flowers was excited to receive an offer from the University of Wisconsin Tuesday. Having spoken to running back coach John Settle and wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore for several weeks, Flowers admitted that the Badgers were an offer he was “grateful” for.
“I’ve been talking to them for a couple weeks, but I was very surprised by them offering,” Flowers said. “I didn’t think they were going to pull (the trigger) but they did … I’ve been watching Wisconsin play growing up and know about the running backs they’ve had – Montee Ball, Melvin Gordon, Corey Clement. I’ve been learning about the backs and who’ve they put into the League, and they’re all great things.
“I talked to the coaches about it, the business major, the program is really great there, so that adds a few points and plays a factor.”
Flowers is a physical back who was credited with 964 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns on 112 carries as a second-string back on a state championship team last season. That’s exactly what he says Wisconsin is looking for.
“Their offense, they are a run-first team,” Flowers said of Wisconsin. “I like to carry the load and be great. I’m trying to be an all-around back instead of a first-and-second down back. I’m working this offseason on my routes and be able to catch the ball and make it a big part of my game right now.”
Holding other Power-Five offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Iowa State and UCLA, Flowers has said the Sun Devils and Bruins are likely his two top schools. Texas is also highly involved, although the Longhorns have not offered.
Although he wants to be committed by his team’s season opener, Flowers said he “no doubt” will be looking into Wisconsin.
“I’m going to try my best to take my time and take a look at them,” Flowers said. “Hopefully I’ll make the right choice.”
In addition to Wisconsin, Flowers wants to visit Boston College and Washington.