Reports: Coveted Miami QB Flowers commits to Bulls
Quinton Flowers, a top quarterback recruit from Miami who boasts Alabama among his offers, committed to USF on Friday afternoon, according to recruiting sites USF.rivals.com and Bulls247.com.
Flowers did not return messages from the Times on Friday, and his coach at Jackson High, former NFL receiver Antonio Brown, said he was not aware of his commitment, but knew Flowers was "very interested" in USF, especially after attending a satellite camp USF held in Miami on Thursday.
"He's a humble kid, a great kid. He has something brewing inside of him," Brown said.
Flowers, 6 feet and 210 pounds, is rated as a four-star recruit by 247, which ranks him as the nation's No. 9 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 36 overall prospect in the state of Florida. Scout.com rates him as the nation's No. 10 receiver.
Brown said USF assistant Telly Lockette, who is from Miami and was the head coach at nearby Miami Central, was a major part of Flowers' interest in playing at USF.
"They have a coach from the inner city of Miami, who grew up in Miami-Dade County. The experience of his life, being up there, he can mold these kids. It helps them understand they may be far from home, but they're still at home," Brown said. "I'm pretty sure he is the reason."
Brown said Flowers has overcome significant adversity in his personal life -- his father died when he was 7, and his mother died last year, leaving football as an escape and a passion. If Flowers signs with USF, the Bulls would have four scholarship quarterbacks for 2014 -- current sophomore Matt Floyd and two incoming quarterbacks, Penn State's Steven Bench (a sophomore) and freshman Mike White of Fort Lauderdale.
Here's an impressive 10-minute highlight reel of Flowers at Miami Jackson from Youtube.