If there was any doubt that Goodyear (Ariz.) Millennium four-star athlete Marquis Flowers was one of the best players in the nation, it was eliminated on Thursday.
Flowers, who is 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, picked up about as big of a scholarship offer as it can get for a national prospect when the USC Trojans called him and orally offered him a scholarship. The new USC offer goes along with earlier offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA and Washington.
"I'm very excited," Flowers said about the USC offer. "This was a goal of mine to get an offer from USC. I'm excited, but I'm still grounded enough to know there's more work to be done."
Flowers said the offer from Pete Carroll and his recruiter, Jethro Franklin, is quite flattering but it doesn't push the Trojans to the top of his list.
"I don't have an order yet," Flowers said. "It's too early for me to say I have a top team. I'm hearing more from a few new schools. I think Notre Dame and UNLV are close to offering me, too."
The talented two-way standout earned second-team all-region and all-state honorable mention honors after accounting for 87 tackles, three interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. On the offensive side of the ball, he rushed for 932 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. He also had six receptions out of the backfield for 106 yards. Flowers is also an outstanding special teams performer as he blocked three punts and one field goal.
Flowers is planning on going to the USC Rising Stars Camp and will probably go to either Arizona or Arizona State's camp as well.