Alabama Crimson Tide: DeSherrius Flowers

SEC recruiting storylines: Nov. 7 

November, 7, 2013

It’s been a busy week in recruiting in the SEC already, but the beginning of the week is only the start with two announcements Friday that could impact SEC recruiting class, and the annual LSU-Alabama showdown that draws almost as many top prospects as a postseason all-star game.

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The recruiting calendar just seems to become more and more accelerated, and that means coaching staffs must internally evaluate their current numbers, depth and talent level projecting at least two years out. At Alabama, perhaps as much or more than any other program in college football right now, this also means they must prepare for early departures to the NFL, which can sneak up on you and leave you with unexpected holes if you don’t prepare in advance. As it stands right now, Alabama has five verbal commitments, all of which are in the ESPN Junior 300. At quarterback they are adding more youth and depth to enhance competition at the position, considering they do not yet know who will succeed AJ McCarron. They got one of the two best West Coast QBs in Ricky Town out of California. Right now it might look like Alabama is stocked at running back, but if history tells us anything, those guys are three-and-out NFL draft choices, which is why RB DeSherrius Flowers is a must in-state take and a nice fit for the power run game — a blend between Mark Ingram and T.J. Yeldon. DE Mekhi Brown has a Barkevious Mingo feel to him. Mingo was about 185 pounds out of high school as an explosive edge rusher, and Brown is built in a similar mold, but is likely to play in the role currently occupied by Adrian Hubbard. OG Dallas Warmack (should be a familiar name to Bama fans) and S Deionte Thompson round out this early crop. To be honest, the earlier you gain commits, the more you have to project and the bigger the risk. This is why Alabama has traditionally avoided a high volume of underclassman commits, unless they can get them in camp early on.
RecruitingNation released its first ever ESPN junior 300 in mid-July, and a slew of already committed prospects have put six programs off to an electric start in the 2015 recruiting cycle. With the college season just days away, here are the fast starters with future commitments on the horizon.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban made a trip to ESPN headquarters Monday, but he made a point to get back and visit with ESPN Junior 300 offensive lineman Dallas Warmack (Atlanta/Mays), who was in town for a visit. Warmack, whose brother, Chance, was an All-American for the Tide last year, was a priority for Alabama.

It was a good thing the UA coach made it back in time because the younger Warmack committed before he left town. However, it wasn’t Saban who sealed the deal. It was new offensive line coach Mario Cristobal.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPNDallas Warmack will follow his brother, Chance, to Alabama.
“I visited Alabama today and met with Coach Cristobal,” Warmack said. “He showed me the schemes they run and how it would fit with me. I was already in love with Alabama. I just had to check out Coach Cristobal, and I fell in love with everything he was doing there.

"I already knew about Coach Saban, the team. I saw the new facilities for the first time, and I loved it. They have a room just for the offensive line. It was a huge room and had all the All-Americans that went there. I fell in love with it.”

If it’s not already, Chance Warmack’s name will be on that wall. Although Dallas says he didn’t choose Alabama because of his older brother, it still had an impact on his decision.

“I’ve always loved Alabama,” Dallas said. “I’ve been going there since I was 10, so I guess it made a big difference.”

Even with all trips to Tuscaloosa and memories of Alabama, Dallas says his favorite memory came Monday when he gave his verbal commitment to Saban with his family by his side. He hadn’t talked to his brother yet, but he planned to call him on the way back to Atlanta.

The 6-foot-1, 295-pound offensive lineman becomes the Tide’s fourth commitment for 2015, joining fellow ESPN Junior 300 stars Mekhi Brown (Columbus, Ga./Carver), DeSherrius Flowers (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) and Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange Stark).

Warmack had offers from Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee, but he doesn’t plan to take to any visits to other schools.

“I’m done. I’m committed,” he said. “I wanted to commit before my junior season because I wanted to focus on my high school team. It also had to do with making a relationship with my coaching staff in the two years before I go there. And they said they’re going to honor my scholarship even if I get hurt.”
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Athlete Kerryon Johnson (Madison, Ala./Madison Academy), ranked No. 62 in the new 2015 ESPN Junior 300 rankings, was offered by Alabama in February. Not knowing what position he’d play, the Alabama staff invited Johnson to their camp this week to try him out at running back.

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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.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- While the Alabama coaching staff continues to be patient with the 2014 class, they added another 2015 commitment on Monday when in-state running back DeSherrius Flowers (Mobile, Ala./Vigor) pulled the trigger and chose the Crimson Tide.

For Flowers the decision was a no-brainer, according to his high school coach.

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