Four-star to prove worth at camp

Four-star to prove worth at camp

Alabama has a different standard for quarterbacks in recruiting, as each potential offeree must throw in front of coaches in Tuscaloosa at camp. One Scout100 prospect already holds an offer from the champs, but it is as an athlete. He's looking to prove he can play QB at the next level this summer.

Miami (Fla.) Jackson standout Quinton Flowers has most of the offers any prospect could covet. It includes hometown Miami as well as several in the SEC like Ole Miss, Mississippi State and even Alabama.

But each offer for the four-star and Scout100 prospect is something different. Flowers plays quarterback for the Generals, but FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com as well as many colleges project him as a wide receiver or simply as an athlete at 6-foot, 210 pounds.

Alabama is in that latter mold to this point, though learning of the offer was still big for the rising senior.

"Once I got the offer from Alabama, that was a big time school I wanted," he admitted. "I told my family members and everything, that I had an offer from them.

"Alabama always has the type of team to win championships, so that will always be on a young man's mind to go there. A young man will always want a ring on his finger."

While excited, the fact that it wasn't as a QB has the Crimson Tide chasing a pair of other schools at this stage of the process.

"They're in my top five," Flowers continued. "Nebraska would be number one, USF number two, Alabama number three..."

The order can change eventually, and it may all have to do with a camp performance in Tuscaloosa as well as other venues this summer including Tallahassee and Morgantown.

"We were planning on taking a camp tour this summer, me and some of the other guys," said Flowers. "We'll see FSU, West Virginia, Marshall and some others. A lot of coaches want to see me throw, Alabama has me as an athlete.

"They offered as an athlete, so they want to see me throw when I come up there to camp. They said they might change the offer (to quarterback) when I go up there."

The relationship between the 2014 talent and his new recruiter at Alabama dates back for years.

"I talk to Mario Cristobal from there," he said. "I have a good relationship with him, he's been watching me since the ninth grade. He's been wanting to offer me. Once he told my coach, it was on Twitter before I saw it and everyone told me about it.

"I was laughing about it because I didn't believe them, I told people 'stop playing.'"

While sorting through his offers and the camp circuit, Flowers will be in no rush to trim his list or make any big decisions until he's through with finding out where he stands with the nation's elite.

"Probably later on, after the season," he said of his commitment timeline. "Once the season is over, I may make a decision."

With plenty of time in between now and a commitment, the short-term goal is simply to prove he can play quarterback at a high level in college.

Said Flowers, "Now-a-days colleges, like in the NFL, they have a lot of guys that can run. They use their legs and arm strength to buy time for the offense. I'm that type of guy like Russell Wilson, he's 5-foot-10 but plays like he's 6-2 or 6-3.

"I'm just like that, I put my heart at it and I bring my arm-strength, my accuracy and my speed to a team."

FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com ranks Flowers as the No. 10 wide receiver prospect nationally and the No. 59 prospect overall in the class of 2014.

Chad Simmons caught up with Jackson for the national scope of his recruitment this week, and that article can be accessed HERE.

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