Boise State football lands versatile weapon

The tight end from Texas is the fifth member of the '14 recruiting class.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comJune 4, 2013 

If the fact that he could play every offensive skill position this high school season isn't proof enough of Dimitri Flowers' athleticism, there's this story from his coach.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder returned a punt 70 yards for a TD last season to break open a two-point game.

"When he caught the ball, there were seven of our opponents around him, in close proximity to making a tackle," Churchill High coach Glenn Hill said. "He wasn't touched."

Flowers committed to the Broncos on Saturday as a tight end. He is the son of Erik Flowers, a former Arizona State defensive end who was drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills in 2000.

The younger Flowers is slotted to play all of the receiver positions, running back and quarterback for Churchill this season. He generated 901 yards and nine touchdowns as a receiver and 498 yards and eight touchdowns as a runner last season despite missing two games with a broken arm.

"It's our job to try to get the ball to the guys that can make plays," Hill said. "You have to do it a number of ways."

Flowers said he also received scholarship offers from Colorado, Houston and Nevada but was eager to hear from the Broncos - a team he has liked since watching them play on TV (on the blue, of course) in middle school.

"I've wanted to go to Boise for a long time," he said. "As soon as (the offer) happened, I knew I wanted to go there."

He committed without visiting Idaho. He'll check out campus later this month.

Flowers comes with a strong recommendation from Hill, who also coached Erik Flowers.

"I've known Dimitri since he was born," Hill said. "… Dimitri is an outstanding player but he's also an outstanding young man. It's a lot more fun for me to coach those who are just as good as people - that's what Boise State is looking for. The questions coach (Chris) Petersen was asking didn't have anything to do with his playing. The questions they asked me were what kind of person he is, will he fit into our program. It was very impressive. And that's what I was able to tell his father - it sounds like the type of place you'd want your kid to be."

2014 RECRUITING CLASS

-- DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS

-- QB Jalen Greene, 6-3, 194, Serra HS (Los Angeles)

-- CB Brandon Lewis, 5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)

-- DL Greg Gaines, 6-1, 290, La Habra (Calif.) HS

-- TE Dimitri Flowers, 6-3, 225, Churchill HS (San Antonio)

HIGHTOWER TO HOUSTON

The Cougars on Monday announced the transfer of former Boise State safety Lee Hightower. Hightower began school Monday but will have to sit out a season under NCAA transfer rules. He'll be a redshirt junior in 2014. He is on scholarship.

Hightower started the first seven games for Boise State last season before he was suspended for the final six games and eventually suspended from the school for an unspecified violation of university rules.

BK GRAD JOINS ARKANSAS STATE STAFF

Kyle Cefalo, a Bishop Kelly graduate and former Colorado receiver, has joined the Arkansas State staff as a graduate assistant.

Arkansas State coach Bryan Harsin is a Boise native, former Boise State player and coach. Five Red Wolves assistants either played or coached at Boise State - Bush Hamdan (quarterbacks/co-offensive coordinator), Julius Brown (cornerbacks), Kent Riddle (tight ends/special teams), Jeff Pitman (strength and conditioning) and Lee Marks (assistant strength and conditioning).

The Red Wolves also have two graduate assistants who are former Boise State players in Gerald Alexander and Thomas Byrd.

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