2015 ‘Bama signee to JUCO, Tide return likely

Alabama 2015 running back signee will play at junior college this season, though a return to the Crimson Tide is more than likely. Speaking to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, Flowers’ high school coach, Ashley Johnson, explained that the former Vigor High School (Mobile, Alabama) star would head to Mississippi’s Jones County Junior College and complete his academic requirements there.

“I don’t think this has changed his relationship with Alabama as far as I know,” Johnson said. “He loves Alabama. That’s where he wanted to be. And as far as they were concerned, he was good to go obviously or they wouldn’t have brought him on board in January and got him in school. As far as they were concerned, his eligibility looked great — from the coaching staff and the college itself.”

Johnson said he isn’t sure whether Flowers will be at Jones for one year or two.

“That’s going to be up to the NCAA,” Johnson said. “I don’t know. Does he have to go for two years now, which is what happens a lot of times when someone doesn’t reach those eligibility requirements? Usually that’s a two-year thing. I don’t know. The NCAA is a mysterious entity.”

An academic issue is what had Flowers declared ineligible last month, and his going to JUCO is the smart move. Alabama already has running backs Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake in the top spots on the depth chart, so better for Flowers to sit out a year rather than get lost in the shuffle.

Alabama opens the season against Wisconsin on September 5, in a game set to be played at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium.

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