Arlington (Texas) Sam Houston wide receiver Darrion Flowers is one of the fastest high schoolers in the country.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound standout clocked a 10.27 100m, the second fastest time in the country, at the 3-5A district championships in early April. He followed up the time with a 10.34 at the Regional Championships.
On Saturday, Flowers entered the UIL State Track and Field Championships as the favorite to win the 5A 100m. It was close and required a photo finish, but he left with a smile and the state title at the UIL State Track and Field Championships with a time of 10.39.
"I knew I was coming down as the favorite, but my mindset was to just let that go, run my race, stay focused, and not let that get into my head," Flowers said
His talents have drawn the attention of college track and football coaches, and the recruiting process has begun to pick up steam.
According to Sam Houston head coach Anthony Criss, Flowers has received football scholarship offers from Nebraska, Toledo, Tulsa, SMU, USC (Southern Cal), North Texas, and Arkansas State, and interest has arrived from Baylor, Texas, and TCU.
Flowers has been busy with track for much of the spring, but he was able to take one visit.
"I took one visit to TCU. I really like that school," Flowers said. "They stood out not only sports but also academic-wise."
During the summer months Flowers plans to run summer track and attend a few college camp; however, he has not determined his camp plans at this time.
He is also not ready to name any leaders, but he does have an idea about when he would like to make his college choice.
"Pretty soon, this summer before the season," Flowers said. "Probably mid-July."
The speedy pass catcher also knows what he is looking for in a future college program.
"What's going to best help me in sports, and also pursuing my dreams academically in my major," Flowers said.
He hopes to major in pre-med and sports medicine in college. He is being recruited as both a receiver and a cornerback, but does admit he favors the receiver position. Flowers also plans to run track and play football on the college level.
As a junior, Flowers earned first-team all-district honors for the Sam Houston Texans.