Former five-star recruit, Oregon LB Justin Flowe enters the transfer portal
In a surprise decision, former five-star recruit and current Oregon LB Justin Flowe has announced his decision to enter the transfer portal.
— Justin Flowe?? (@justin_flowe) December 5, 2022
Flowe, who has battled injuries during his tenure at Oregon, played in 10 games this season with the Ducks, recording 35 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Flowe took to social media to announce his decision, saying, “Thanks to the University of Oregon, coaching staff, and teammates for 3 great years here in Eugene. With that being said I’ve decided to explore my options and enter the transfer portal.”
The second-highest-rated recruit in program history, Flowe, is now searching for a new home. As a member of the 2020 class along with fellow five-star LB Noah Sewell, Flowe picked Oregon over his hometown USC in a thrilling recruiting war between the two Pac-12 schools.
Ranked as the consensus best inside linebacker in the country, Flowe’s first and second seasons were cut short after suffering multiple lower body injuries, including a broken foot in his redshirt freshman season in 2021. In his lone game of 2021, Flowe recorded 14 tackles and a game-saving forced fumble against Fresno State and Jake Haener.
In 2022, Flowe was a projected starter heading into the season but soon found his snaps limited and missed two games due to injury. His 35 tackles this season rank ninth on the team, and his tackles for loss rank him seventh, the third highest of any non-defensive linemen.
Heralded as a potential first-round draft pick out of high school, injuries have limited Flowe’s potential so far, and a possible new school may unlock the player most expected him to become.
According to PFF, Flowe registered 178 snaps this season, which ranks 19th on the Ducks’ defense behind freshman cornerback Jahlil Florence and sophomore Bradyn Swinson.
Flowe is the fourth member of Oregon’s defense to enter the transfer portal and 10th overall player.
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