In-state target sees scheme fit after latest visit

March 1 marked the official end to the dead period as several local targets made their way to College Park to check in with the coaching staff through the evening.

One target who made their way to campus was Archbishop Spalding (MD) three-star linebacker Keyshawn Flowers, who made the trip in with his brother and coach. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound target was already familiar with the program being an in-state prospect, but Wednesday’s visit started with a refresher of campus and the facilities.

“I had already seen most of the facility but saw the practice field, saw the meeting rooms so that was good to see,” Flowers told IBG. “I’ve been up there before but not like that. I got the opportunity to talk with most of the coaches, that was really nice. I had a one-on-one with coach [Brian] Williams and coach [Mike] Locksley.”

Williams is leading the charge as the area recruiter while inside linebacker coach Lance Thompson got a chance to meet with Flowers on the visit, but Flowers’ time spent with Williams and Locksley was the meat of the visit as the two connected further. “They showed me the scheme on the white board and told me where I’d be. I asked them a bunch of questions about the scheme and stuff. I told them about myself, they told me they really liked me and they need me there.”

Flowers fits as an inside linebacker for Maryland and while he’ll look to return in the spring to watch his position group in action, Locksley’s pitch on Wednesday resonated for the three-star target. “Coach Locksley, he said a lot of good things. It definitely makes me more interested than I was before. Having it be local already interested me.”

Maryland is far from the only school in the mix with Michigan State, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, USC and Penn State among the schools to jump into the mix. Flowers won’t have to travel far for his next visit though.

“I should be going to Wake Forest. I was going on the 21st but I don’t think that’s the date anymore, so it’ll be some time soon.”

As a junior, Flowers posted 81 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Flowers is rated a three-star prospect and an 89 overall by On3, sitting as the 34th-best linebacker in the country.

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