2018 safety Josh Flowers is yet another talented defensive back from Glenbard (Ill.) North to keep an eye on.
Flowers is making big impressions during this off-season and could help cement perhaps the best defensive backfield in the area for the Panthers.
"The off-season is good. I've been getting a lot of good work with Midwest Boom and been learning a lot of new stuff. I've also been in the weight room and been doing training to get bigger and faster," Flowers said.
Most recently, Flowers made a big splash at the Midwest Boom, a top 7-on-7 team nationally, being named their defensive MVP of the spring game held at Naperville Yard.
"The spring game was great,” Flowers said. It was really fun competing against my teammates for the first time and having a good time well doing so. I think showed a lot of good ball skills and physical traits to earn MVP.”
Recruiting is something that is picking up for Flowers steadily.
"It's good I'm trusting the process right now and staying patient I'm definitely not in a rush. I've been talking to a lot of schools so far and just waiting for one to pull the trigger," Flowers said.
Illinois is on the radar. He likes what they have to offer any in-state prospect, and he could attend an Illini camp in June.
"I've heard a lot of good things about them and of course hearing from an in-state school is always good," Flowers said.
Flowers will also camp with Indiana and Purdue. He has taken a handful of visits this off-season with more in mind.
"I've taking visits to Central Michigan, SDSU and Illinois State,” Flowers said. “I'm planning on going up to Western Michigan this summer and so far that's the only one I know for sure.”
Flowers said he's improved since the end of the 2016 season.
"I've got better feet and better at man coverage and also worked a lot of ball skills. And even on some at wide receiver and my routes because I will be playing both ways this season," Flowers said.