Juco Linebacker Has Tigers #1

Former Texas A&M commitment Kenny Flowers talks about his official visit to Auburn and what has the Tigers on top.

Hutchinson, Kan.—A talented junior college linebacker and a former commitment to Texas A&M, 6-2, 230 Kenny Flowers knew plenty about the Auburn Tigers before taking an official visit to see Coach Gus Malzahn's program over the weekend.

Originally from Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga., the Hutchinson Community College standout grew up watching Auburn play and knowing about the program.

Hoping to enroll early and start classes at Texas A&M this semester, Flowers instead saw his plans change as he wasn't able to get things cleared in time to join the Aggies. Because of that he decided to take another look at recruiting and that led him to Auburn.

Looking for help at the linebacker position right away and already with two Hutchinson teammates on board in defensive tackle Ben Bradley and offensive guard Devonte Danzey, Auburn was a natural place to look for Flowers and he said he's glad he gave them the chance because the Tigers are now number one on his list.

"It was good," Flowers said. "It was really good. I saw a lot of things I liked. I could see myself being there. I know the whole football thing is going to turn around and the new coaching staff is going to do a good job. The possibility of me committed there is really high."

Spending a great deal of time with Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson as well as assistant coach Rodney Garner, Flowers said that it was fun to get to know them even better and continue his relationship with Garner, a former University of Georgia coach.

"I kind of already knew Coach Garner," Flowers said. "He recruited me at Georgia (out of high school). "We've got a really good relationship. He knows all my family. Coach Johnson seems like an amazing coach. He seems like he knows what he's talking about and knows what the defense is going to do. He seems like he needs me."

While on his visit Flowers said he also had the opportunity to hang out with both Bradley and Danzey. Even though both are just getting to know Auburn and what it's all about, he said they had nothing but good things to say about the program.

"Ben just got here and he's just getting settled in, but he said it's really good," Flowers said. "Him and Devonte Danzey were really good hosts. They showed me around and showed me a good time. It's pretty big that they are there. I know anywhere I go I'll make friends, but the fact that they are already there is really good. It's a plus."

With visits to Texas Tech and Arkansas still a possibility, Flowers said he could have a decision in a week or two, but doesn't have a set timeline for his choice.

In the end the decision could come down to distance. While it's not a big factor for Flowers himself, he added that for his family it's a big deal.

"It's a huge advantage for them," he said of the distance to Auburn from home. "Mom and dad said they would be at every home game. That's a big plus. I love my family and I love them seeing me play."

As a redshirt freshman in 2012 Flowers had a team-high 106 total tackles, including a career-high 15 against Coffeyville in the Region VI semi-finals on Nov. 4. Flowers added nine tackles for a loss, recovered two fumbles, returning one for a touchdown, one interception, a forced fumble, five deflected passes and one safety.

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