Upland, Calif. linebacker Justin Flowe was named to the inaugural SI All-American team, and now he has pledged his future to the University of Oregon.
Flowe told ESPN, “Oregon’s got a great program and everything. Mario Cristobal is a great guy. It’s the best pick for me personally; I think I’ll thrive in their program.”
“Baby Man” Flowe is one of the fastest linebackers I’ve ever seen at the high school level. His blitz speed looks like a safety fill. His closing speed is like an electromagnet to the ballcarrier.
He doesn’t just tackle you, he destroys you. His film is one of the best examples I’ve seen of an athlete playing in at a level he flat out doesn’t belong in. He dominates whatever field he steps on to. Lineman in college right now would have trouble dealing with his speed.
What’s more is his gear change from tracking to bursting fires at different points in the play every time. This is an extremely veteran trait, one that throws off the timing of those hogs trying to block him.
Even against top competition, Flowe dominates. The Southern California league Upland plays in is one of the deepest in the country. Flowe should come in and immediately make Oregon's defense better, especially considering its leading tackler for the past few years, Troy Dye, is leaving this year.