OU commit in focus: Dimitri Flowers

OU commit Dimitri Flowers

OU broke its two-month dry spell on the trail with the addition of fullback Dimitri Flowers.

Looking at Oklahoma's roster, there is no doubt you could argue fullback Trey Millard was the most valuable player to the team.

The versatility he brought to the field is something any team would love to have. As the summer months wore on, one thing became clear and that was OU needed to find its next Millard.

Maybe there isn't another Millard exactly out there, but the Sooners had to hit the ground running and find their next quality fullback.

Problem being is a true fullback is tough to find. Certain names were tossed around and a couple of prospects looked like they might end up being the guy.

Richardson (Texas) fullback Kendrick Igbinoba was definitely on the short list. A great senior season could have propelled Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe's Michael Farmer toward the top. Both have fared well but not exactly blown people away.

And then OU took another look at San Antonio Churchill prospect Dimitri Flowers, committed to Boise State since June.

Flowers, listed at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, is rated as a two-star tight end by Scout.com. He could see time at the position, but what the Sooners see is the answer to their Millard problem.

During the bye week last weekend OU cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright, in charge of San Antonio area recruiting, took a trip to see Flowers. The offer was made Saturday. The decommitment from Boise State happened Wednesday around 5 p.m. CST. The OU commitment happened less than an hour later.

Flowers thought the Sooners had simply moved on. And maybe OU didn't intend to take another look at Flowers after feeling him out in the spring.

Flowers simply made it happen by having an incredible senior season against top-notch competition. How good? Flowers has rushed 72 times for 387 yards with five touchdowns, averaging more than five yards per carry.

He's far and away the team's leading receiver with 54 grabs for 1,044 yards and a whopping 15 touchdowns. He's a solid 220 pounds, but he has been able to average more than 19 yards per catch.

He certainly won't be used in the quarterback spot, but he is 2-of-2 with both of them being touchdown passes as well.

Flowers didn't have an issue with Boise State, but he had to listen when OU came calling. He said he knew the process would go pretty quick despite the fact he hasn't seen the campus yet.

OU has had it in his ear for a while about watching Millard play. Flowers already did that but said he was paying special attention to it this season. What he saw was something he could do. What he saw was a perfect fit for what he can do.

And what OU got was the answer to its Millard problem.

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