Upstate WR's stock rising fast

Hakeem Flowers

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Wade Hampton HS wide receiver Hakeem Flowers continues to be one of the highest rising 2011 prospects in South Carolina.

WR Hakeem Flowers Profile

Flowers sports offers from Auburn, Maryland, Florida State, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Duke, NC State and North Carolina. He's having trouble keeping count, especially since they've all started to come rolling in within the past month and a half.

CUTigers.com talked to Flowers before practice on Wednesday. At 6-3, 180 pounds, he could grow another two inches—that's what doctors have told him.

"It's been really fast, really surprising," he said.

Clemson has been keeping a track on Flowers, who first turned heads while camping at Florida State and Auburn.

"At Florida State, I did really well. That's where it started," he said.

Earlier this summer, Flowers visited Tigertown for the first time where he toured the campus, facilities and saw the wide receiver room.

"It was a pretty good visit," he said. "They're going to evaluate me some more before they offer."

With not a lot of game film to review, Wade Hampton Coach Ken Haltiwanger said Flowers has been somewhat of a sleeper to a lot of teams. As a freshman, Flowers started but he broke his collar bone that season when he was tackled into a water cooler on the sideline.


A fan of college football in general, Flowers said he's got no favorite team. He does have two favorite wide receivers to watch: Julio Jones and A.J. Green.
Coming back as a sophomore, Haltiwanger said it took a little while for Flowers to get back into the flow of playing comfortably in Wade Hampton's Wing-T offense.

"Midway through the year last year, he started to come on and do the things we need him to do," Haltiwanger said.

Now one more year experienced at quarterback, Wade Hampton is going to be able to make full use of Flowers, who has a 10.5 100 meters time in track.

"We put him everywhere. At wingback, as single back and at wide receiver," Haltiwanger said. "That's how we got the ball last year…we're starting to spread it out and throw it around. Our quarterback is going to be better this year."

A fan of college football in general, Flowers said he's got no favorite team. He does have two favorite wide receivers to watch: Julio Jones and A.J. Green.

"This summer he's really come on. Every scrimmage we've had, he's been the best athlete on the field," Haltiwanger said. "He's a great kid, good student. I've had no problems with him. He's got great size and upside with his speed."

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