Location: Miami (Fla.) Jackson
Rank: No. 15 WR
Recruiting: Flowers has now committed to South Florida for the second time. He made his first pledge to the Bulls over the summer but that didn't last long. He soon opened things back up before committing to USF once again over the weekend. Flowers has a handful of scholarship offers, including picking one up from the Gators last week (as a wide receiver). He made an official visit to Nebraska in September.
What to like: There's a lot to like about Flowers. While not a big quarterback he's strong, fast and extremely athletic. Flowers possesses above average arm strength and does show the ability to make all the throws. The best part of his game at the quarterback position is his ability to make something happen with his feet. At this stage he's more of a [terrific] athlete playing quarterback. He's so quick and so fast that he can elude and escape a pass rush and extend a play. This is where he becomes dangerous because he can run the football and is great in space. Or, he can make a play with his arm on the run.
Another value or huge asset with Flowers is his confidence and competitiveness. This is a kid that plays with that ‘swag' and his teammates feed off him.
What may be of concern: As a quarterback there are some big concerns with Flowers. First, he's only 6-foot-0 tall. Size, specifically someone's height as a quarterback, will always be an issue that's under 6-foot-2. Certainly we have seen many players succeed (look at Aaron Murray and Johnny Manziel) at Flowers's size and there's no reason why he can't.
Second, he's raw. This kid has immense talent and athleticism but there's a handful of skills he needs to fine tune or refine. There's no question the tools and traits are there but he needs work on his fundamentals, reading defenses, etc.
Overall analysis: There's no question this kid is an elite player but at what position? Quinton Flowers is a five-star athlete that may have the most long-term upside as a running back, wide receiver or even defensive back. He possesses superior athleticism and is an explosive play waiting to happen. Flowers is one of those ‘sudden' athletes that can beat you a number of ways.
Does this sound familiar? Many people thought former Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was just an athlete and not a quarterback because he was a raw and not a refined prospect coming out of Dade County. Look at Bridgewater now.
Now I am not saying Flowers is the next Teddy Bridgewater, but I think he can have some of the same effects on USF. He can be that game changing quarterback and leader. He can be that guy that brings that swag and confidence and help lift this Bulls' program. But he has work to do.
But the beauty of recruiting and landing a guy like Flowers is that if for some reason it doesn't work out as a quarterback he can transition to another position and be an impact player. You would love to see the ball in his hands offensively but he also has all the tools to be an outstanding safety in college.
We will see what happens with Flowers and his future in Tampa. He has a chance to be something special. At this point in time you could make an argument he's their greatest commitment ever. Flowers is certainly the Bulls top commitment to date in this class. Now Willie Taggart and his staff just have to hang on to him.