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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Interest picks up for 2015 Tide pledge

By Greg Ostendorf

PRICHARD, Ala. -- When Prichard (Ala.) Vigor running back DeSherrius Flowers picked up an offer from the University of Alabama, it didn’t take long to make a decision. The sophomore committed to the Crimson Tide, ending the recruiting process early. However, even though Flowers made a commitment, that hasn’t stopped other schools from recruiting him.

“I’ve always been an Alabama fan,” Flowers said. “I always wanted to play there. When Nick Saban offered me a scholarship, I took it and I said I was going there. I want to play there.”

The 2015 prospect says he’s been hearing a lot from both Auburn and South Carolina. He received his first offer from the Gamecocks.

Vigor head coach Ashley Johnson believes Flowers’ recruitment has only intensified since he received an offer from Alabama and consequently committed.

“I think it’s picked up,” Johnson said. “I’ve noticed the amounts of mail coming in and stuff. You’re getting more national programs -- the Notre Dames, the USCs -- those teams are inviting him to their special one-day camps, those types of things. When somebody like Alabama offers you, you go on everybody’s radar.”

Flowers says he plans to still take his visits, but his head coach can’t see him wearing anything but crimson in the future.

“I don’t know that all of that is pulling him in any direction,” Johnson said. “He’s always been an Alabama guy.”

Flowers visited Tuscaloosa last month for the Tide’s spring game. He visited with the coaches, talked to some of the current players while they were warming up and watched the game itself. Who stood out to the 6-foot-1, 200-pound running back?

“T.J. Yeldon,” he said. “Everybody says we look alike, we’re built like and we run alike.”

That’s high praise for Flowers. As a freshman, Yeldon ran for more than 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the spring game, he ripped off 70 yards and a touchdown, earning MVP honors for the second year in a row.

Flowers also rushed for 12 touchdowns last year, as a sophomore, but he says his goal this season is to gain more than  1,000 yards and score 20 touchdowns.