California-based linebacker Justin Flowe is one of the highest ranked players in the Class of 2020, and Alabama has been trying very hard to land him. The five-star linebacker recently gave an update on how Nick Saban’s staff have been recruiting him.
Speaking to BamaOnLine, Flowe revealed that he has been speaking to Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding consistently, and really likes him. He has received visits from Golding and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who traveled all the way to California to see him.
“I talk to Coach Golding almost every day,” Flowe told BamaOnLine. “To be honest, man, me and him relate a lot, I swear. He’s a really cool guy and I can talk to him like he’s like a big uncle or something.”
Flowe said he is pretty close to narrowing his list of 12 down to three to five, and hints that the Crimson Tide are probably safe. He is also working to set up a visit.
Is an official visit to Alabama in the works?
“Most definitely,” he said.
What are the Tide’s chances at this juncture?
“They have a really big chance,” Flowe said. “Just how the school is, when I’m up there, it felt really good. They’re a really top-ranked school, you know? So yeah, they have a big chance.”
Alabama currently leads the nation in 2020 commitments with 16. However, the Crimson Tide are currently behind Clemson and LSU in the national rankings, per 247Sports.
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To date, Alabama has one five-star commitment – from defensive end Chris Braswell.
Flowe is the No. 3 overall prospect in the country, per 247Sports. He is the No. 1 inside linebacker in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of California. Flowe is also ranked 40th on 247Sports’ all-time prospect ranking.
The Crimson Tide have some stiff opposition to get Flowe’s signature though.
It should go without saying that the top programs from his home state of California – USC – has already made an offer. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions currently has the Trojans as the undisputed leader, with all six predictions going towards that program.