Georgia Tech recruit flips to Arkansas after gambling on last-minute trip, scholarship offer (UPDATED)

Defensive end Trey Flowers, who committed to Georgia Tech less than a week ago, flipped to Arkansas on Sunday.

It marked the fourth time in the past 12 days that Georgia Tech and one of its commitments have parted ways for various reasons.

“I changed my mind and committed to Arkansas … mainly because I wanted play in the SEC,” Flowers told the AJC. “To be the best, you have to play with the best. The SEC is the best.”

Four Georgia Tech commitments and Paul Johnson have parted ways in the last 12 days (AJC file)

Four Georgia Tech commitments and Paul Johnson have parted ways in the last 12 days (AJC file)

Flowers, who is from Huntsville, Ala., took a huge risk by making a last-minute visit to Arkansas this weekend. Historically, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson had has this recruiting policy — if a player commits to Georgia Tech and visits other schools after pledging to the Yellow Jackets, he is no longer “considered” committed to Georgia Tech.

What’s most surprising is that Flowers agreed to visit Arkansas even though the Razorbacks did not guarantee an offer in advance of this weekend’s recruiting trip. However, the big gamble paid off for Flowers as he was offered by Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino on Saturday. Flowers committed to the Razorbacks before leaving campus on Sunday. Here’s a link to some video of him and his father explaining that decision.

Flowers said he and his father called Georgia Tech’s football offices later on Sunday to let them know about the change of heart. “I just told [Georgia Tech graduate assistant Chris Hampton] that I was going to sign with Arkansas instead.” What was Georgia Tech’s reaction? “I don’t think they were too happy about it.” By late Sunday night, Flowers said he hadn’t talked directly to Johnson because “I don’t have his cell number.”

Here’s where it gets complicated: Flowers said he had actually agreed last Monday to visit Arkansas on the final recruiting weekend. The next day (Tuesday), Georgia Tech called to offer a scholarship, and Flowers quickly accepted. He picked the Yellow Jackets over South Alabama and UAB, while also attracting attention from Air Force and Arkansas State.

While talking with Georgia Tech’s coaches that Tuesday, Flowers said he did not mention that he had agreed to visit Arkansas later in the week. He also says — being from Alabama — he didn’t know that he was jeopardizing his Georgia  Tech scholarship by taking the additional recruiting trip.

“I didn’t know that at all,” Flowers said. “When I took my official visit to Georgia Tech, there was another recruit there who was committed to another school and said he was continuing taking official visits. So I thought it would be OK with Georgia Tech. I didn’t think it was a big deal.” (Note: Flowers said he couldn’t remember the name of the other recruit)

Now seeing how everything has unfolded, does Flowers feel bad about de-committing from Georgia Tech so quickly after committing? “Yes, I’m excited about Arkansas, but I do feel kind of bad how it ended with Georgia Tech. I probably rushed with my decision to commit [to Georgia Tech] last week. But I did it because I wanted to protect myself with a big-time scholarship. Then a better situation came along for me with Arkansas and I had to take it.”

It has been a roller coaster, in some respects, for Georgia Tech over the last 12 days. Monroe Area 5-star defensive end Stephon Tuitt broke his longtime commitment to Notre Dame for Georgia Tech on Jan. 18, and then switched back to the Irish one day later after Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly hopped on plane to meet in person with Tuitt.

Mays defensive end Darrius Caldwell, who has yet to meet college entrance requirements, made an official visit to Illinois last weekend and committed.

Also last Thursday, Georgia Tech and Wayne County lineman Tre Jackson decided to in different directions after it was revealed that Jackson agreed to take an official visit to Florida State. Jackson had pledged to Georgia Tech last October.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

321 comments Add your comment

J

January 30th, 2011
5:47 pm

hot carl spackler

January 30th, 2011
5:53 pm

no, it was all part of a grand scheme by Paul Johnson. Just ask mark bradley.

Y Not

January 30th, 2011
5:54 pm

Like rats jumping off a sinking ship!

The joke that is GT football continues…..

You've Been DaRicked !

January 30th, 2011
5:56 pm

Well I wonder how many surprises UGA is gonna get at the 11th hour. CMR may not have to worry about the Fax machine running out of ink.

the real Old Gold

January 30th, 2011
5:58 pm

UGA… Top ten in recruiting.. bottom 5 in the SEC.

Spearhead

January 30th, 2011
5:58 pm

New Georgia Tech football slogan: The ultimate backup plan.

Tony

January 30th, 2011
5:59 pm

The cycle continues, the Dawgs get all the five star recruits and the Jackets get all of the three star recruits. Tech will have to rely on average players overachieving within a system, while the Dawgs hope not to underacheive with another top five recruiting class. Life goes on folks!

Losers

January 30th, 2011
6:01 pm

Its has to suck to be a Tech fan.

Lagdawg

January 30th, 2011
6:02 pm

Unfortunately it happens to every program but, not at this rate. Hopefully GT will still finish with a good recruiting class and I am a UGA fan so, don’t hate on the recuiting effort going on by CMR and staff. Hopefully the coaching at UGA will resemble the recruiting effort going on at the present time. If CMR wants his coaching career to resemble Bobby Bowden, he had better get off his butt and get to coaching or hire a better offensive staff.

how2fish

January 30th, 2011
6:03 pm

Most teams will see some “flipage” this week I’m afraid.

Moobs

January 30th, 2011
6:04 pm

Perhaps Dave Braine was right…………..

Lump

January 30th, 2011
6:08 pm

Any Tech fan that isn’t at least a little concerned with what’s going on has his head in the sand.

RichmondDawg

January 30th, 2011
6:08 pm

With the classes that Clemson, FSU and VA Tech are putting together, I’d be worried about the next couple of years if I was a Jacket.

German Shepherd Dawg

January 30th, 2011
6:08 pm

Real Old Gold,

I was trying to think of something nice to say until I read your comment.

So I’ll say nothing to cheer you up.

ClarkeCountyJacket

January 30th, 2011
6:12 pm

UGAg fans never cease to amaze me with their goofy comments on both UGA and Tech articles. Recruiting has become a spectacle! Every year schools and their fans crown some 17 year old kid as the “savior”. Face it folks, these kids may have been high school studs but they have to prove themselves on the next level. Tech will be fine and continue to prove themselves as winners in a multitude of sports.

Savannah Dawg

January 30th, 2011
6:15 pm

Tre Jackson committed to FSU on an offical this weekend. If Crowell, Jenkins, Pagan, Richardson, and Turene all come to Athens, the dogs are gonna have the best class in the nation!

Lew

January 30th, 2011
6:16 pm

Enter your comments here

Hey Mark;

All Dawg are waiting on your next column explaining how mistaken you were when you once wrote that, “When Paul Johnson gets a commitment he doesnt lose his recruits after they commit”. Well look what has happened to his “commitments” the last couple weeks. Here is a heads up, start working on your next article on how wrong you were on how Mark Richt is unable to turn UGA Football around after he does it next year.

Some things to think about after you and PJ get through with your Sunday activities together.

Moobs

January 30th, 2011
6:17 pm

ClarkeCounty, please reread Lump’s comment.

DELTAPZ

January 30th, 2011
6:17 pm

Coaches are running a multi-million dollar business that is entertainment for all fans no matter their college affiliation. These schools operate under the rules and regulations of the NCAA. Some of these rules restrict contact between coaches and recruits. The NCAA needs a rule in football that if a player commits to a college/school in the month of January,he must sign a LOI in Febuary or be treated like a transfer by sitting out a year. The Flowers kid commited to GT and days later decommited and commited to Ark. Contact between recruits and coaches stops on Jan. 31. GT has no way of filling this spot until after signing day. This should help all schools.

Cobb Dawg

January 30th, 2011
6:17 pm

That’s unfortunate. I really like CPJ and thought that he would do wonders at Tech. He has a pretty tough job given that the ACC has more parity lately. The thing is I don’t see Tech doing any better with any coach that they could land given the lack of fan support. No superstar coach wants to work in front of an audience the size that Tech draws. Until the fan support changes, the quality of football won’t that much.

The Watergirl

January 30th, 2011
6:19 pm

Run a high school offense and this is what happens!!!
We Run This State!!!!

Davey Boy Smith

January 30th, 2011
6:20 pm

Anyone who studies Gtu’s success over the last 20 years knows that the Jackets are only good when they are consistently beating UGA for in-state talent. Bobby Ross took advantage of Jan Kemp and the end of Vince Dooley’s career to score some great GA talent that led Tech to the ‘90 title.

George O’Leary beat out Goff/Donnan for a bunch of GA kids in the mid to late 90’s, and Tech went on a run against UGA.

Chan Gailey pulled off the coup in 2007 by beating UGA out for Nesbitt, Dwyer, Burnett (a UGA legacy), BeBe and Roddy Jones.

No matter how brilliant Paul Johnson is, he cannot compete, even in the ACC, without a few studs. Vad Lee is a bad mother and will start from Day 1 on the Flats, but the last couple of classes are not going to get it done consistently against the ACC and UGA.

GT Alum

January 30th, 2011
6:22 pm

German Shepherd Dawg,

So your fellow fleabags can spend more time on our blogs taking potshots at our teams than they spend on their own blogs, but one of us takes a shot at the Dawgs and it’s out of bounds? Get over yourself.

Jacket Man

January 30th, 2011
6:22 pm

That’s okay; Paul Johnson will still get the last laugh, trust me. ;)

RRTDawgs

January 30th, 2011
6:23 pm

Kent Turene has officially decommitted from USC and enough with Clarke County Jail stuff Arkansas has had a few of there players arrested its pathetic that these Tech fans are obsessed with that stuff .

Outside Observer

January 30th, 2011
6:24 pm

Well, when it rains, it pours. Hopefully CPJ can shape this class up at the very end. It’s crazy how just a couple of weeks ago, I had incredibly high hopes for this class. Now, I’m just hoping we make it out without losing anymore recruits. We could use some good news in the next few days.

Maggott Faithful

January 30th, 2011
6:24 pm

No worries….our coach says recruting isn’t really important….he even did his own study and concluded that the worse you are at it the better your chances are of winning the ACC. Remember guys, there is a reason why Mr. Bradley refers to him as a “Genius”.

There are bigger fish to fry than recruiting or beating UGA.

GT Alum

January 30th, 2011
6:24 pm

As far as this news tidbit is concerned, it sounds like he didn’t really want to be at Tech, so it’s probably for the best.

Corey

January 30th, 2011
6:25 pm

LOL…..You know there is nothing better than yall losing a recruit, because the GT fans are the first ones to talk smack about UGA.

DELTAPZ

January 30th, 2011
6:26 pm

What really SUCKS Losers, Y,not and Spearhead is the Federal Government allows you 3 to vote.

Real Losers

January 30th, 2011
6:26 pm

Really sucks to be a uga fan.

GT Alum

January 30th, 2011
6:27 pm

Davey Boy Smith -

Anyone who knows the first thing about Georgia Tech knows it’s the Georgia Institute of Technology. There’s no University or College in it. So, it’s GT, not GTU.

Jacket Man

January 30th, 2011
6:27 pm

By the way, FSU took a commitment from another lineman INSTEAD of Tre and left him holding the bag WITHOUT an offer this year. Jimbo’s offering a grayshirt for NEXT season. Seems like the only honest person out of this entire equation was Paul Johnson, eh?

7Jack

January 30th, 2011
6:28 pm

Tech guys…. I get it, you’ve won games with lower rated players. But seriously, y’all do know that this is a poor class even by tech standards? Some of your best players over the past few years were rather highly recruited guys, at least mid-level 4* guys. If it weren’t for Hunt-Days, Vad Lee, and a couple others this would be TERRIBLE.

Hate on UGA’s success recruiting this season all you wnat but eventually you’ll have to come around to the fact that 9-1 was no accident.

Real Losers

January 30th, 2011
6:32 pm

If uga base’s their success on beating Tech then they really need to look themselves in the mirror. It shouldn’t be hard considering Tech is a tough school to get into first of all. Don’t give me that crap about Notre Dame and Stanford being tough and yet still compete on the football field. Maybe recently but not consistently.UGA will never had a hard time getting good recruits, just a hard time winning in the sec. Tech will continue to struggle with players until they change decide to add more liberal arts programs. When will that happen? Don’t hold you’re breath.

Stick in the Eye

January 30th, 2011
6:34 pm

GTU is a term of endearment embraced by UGA fans that was bestowed upon your fine institution by none other than Stephon Marbury. If you don’t get the GTU reference, you haven’t been paying attention very long…

Apples II Oranges

January 30th, 2011
6:34 pm

Tech fans are obviously jealous of the state school and are very quick to anger. Inferiority complex 101 is the class that should be taught, because the feeling is rampant among the fanbase.

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Get real

January 30th, 2011
6:36 pm

Stick in the eye is one of those fans that hate Tech so much, he watches on of the Alumni’s movement’s and mess ups. Come on man! I still remember Quincy Carter getting high on crack but I don’t remind everyone on a daily basis. Let it go

Day and Night

January 30th, 2011
6:39 pm

Yea Tech fans are jealous of the “State School”. The same school that has the fans trash the whole campus in Athens that makes the Clark County Dump look like Beverly Hills. Yea we’re jealous alright. Go check yourself redneck

RambleOn84

January 30th, 2011
6:40 pm

Yeah, Tech has been hurting the last couple weeks in recruiting, but I’m not too worried.

Tuitt is the only one that really hurts.

If Vad Lee were to flip that one would really hurt me. But as it stands now, we have an EXCELLENT prospect coming in at the most important position on our team. Some other good players are coming in, too, like Hunt-Days and Menocal at OLB (arguably the most important position on our defense), Tremayne McNair at MLB, Noble and Waller at DB, and some very promising O-linemen in Joe, Mason, Braun, and Chamberlain.

Snoddy’s great speed and power running skills are also exciting.

You UGA fans worry about turning all of your great prospects into actual players, and we’ll worry about our guys.

RambleOn84

January 30th, 2011
6:42 pm

Not to mention Jeff Greene, the 6′6″ receiver and Jamal Golden, the Alabama Player of the Year.

Tech will be fine.

And how did I know that UGA fans would treat this defection as some kind of Doomsday when just last week they were all mocking Tech for offering the kid?

Good luck Trey, but don’t come crying to us when that scumbag Petrino skips town. Hopefully he at least has the decency to tell you to your face this time.

Apples II Oranges

January 30th, 2011
6:42 pm

With in 5 minutes a response and a insult not only at the “State School”, but on myself also. Just re-enforces the concept of quick to anger and now you can include juvenile name calling. Thank you for confirming what we already new.

GTBob

January 30th, 2011
6:44 pm

It was a kid that we took a chance on with a last minute offer. If he wants to play somewhere else, then that fine. Best of luck to him. We will just make a last minute offer to somebody else. It’s kinda surprising that he wanted to be the 30th commitment for Arkansas though. There is probably a grey shirt in his future.

Jacket Man

January 30th, 2011
6:46 pm

Hang in there Tech fans; better news ahead…

browndog

January 30th, 2011
6:47 pm

Things usually work out for the best. I am a UGA fan and have always enjoyed the GT and UGA rivalry. CPJ is a proven winner and gets the most from his players every year. GT should have won the last two games with UGA, but the football gods decided otherwise. CPJ is a great coach and if he gets some help on defense things will get a lot better real soon.

GTBob

January 30th, 2011
6:48 pm

@7jack

Tech guys…. I get it, you’ve won games with lower rated players. But seriously, y’all do know that this is a poor class even by tech standards?

This class is the second highest rated GT class in the past 10 years by ravals. How is that poor by Tech standards?

Saban Says......

January 30th, 2011
6:49 pm

Georgia fans come on here and make fun of GT , but yet they have the same record with far less talent. What gives ? I’m not sure I follow your reasoning bulldogs. You think another top 10 recruiting class is going to help Richt’s lack of coaching ability or his ZERO leadership qualities ? He’s already coached down several recruiting classes and I can’t see why this class will be any different. Sure you get players to the NFL but it isn’t because of Richt it’s in spite of him. He’ll never be anything other than a coach that has average seasons with great talent and good teams with first round talent. He will never have a great TEAM just great players that always under-achieve.

Day and Night

January 30th, 2011
6:49 pm

Wow you really want to go their? Apples you are a hypocrite and you don’t even know it. Talk about Juvenile. Come on man. Look I tell you what. If UGA goes goes undefeated and wins the National Title, I will congratulate the uga nation. Until then, you’re still 6-7, you’re still underachieving Georgia Bulldogs, and you still suck.

RRTDawgs

January 30th, 2011
6:52 pm

UGA grad Bubba Watson wins the first tournament of the season beating Lefty Phil after loosing his father way to go Bubba .