Juco Linebacker Commits to Auburn

Junior college linebacker Kenny Flowers has committed to play for the Auburn Tigers.

Hutchinson, Kan.--Auburn has a major need for linebackers in its 2013 football signee class and the Tigers added a commitment on Friday from a prospect who should have a chance to contribute this fall for Coach Gus Malzahn's team when Kenny Flowers decided that he is heading to Auburn.

A 6-2, 230-pounder redshirt freshman at Hutchinson Community College, Flowers made his choice a week after taking an official visit to Auburn. His coach, Rion Rhoades, confirmed Flowers' commitment to the Tigers and says Malzahn's program is getting a very good player.

A player Auburn began recruiting recently after the new coaching staff came on board, Flowers was previously a Texas A&M verbal commitment, who planned on enrolling in classes at College Station in January. However, he was unable to do that, giving Auburn and other colleges more time to recruit him.

"Kenny had an unfortunate thing happen at Texas A&M with a class that kind of held up his ability to go there this semester," Rhoades says. "I talked to Kenny about how everything happens for a reason. I definitely believe that's the case with his situation.

"To be able to go to a place like Auburn, with the tradition and the awesome history that is there, and to be within an hour and a half or two hours from his home where his family can come see him is great. To be part of a new era with Coach Malzahn and a lot of excitement surrounding Auburn right now, I think it's a great situation.

"I know he was really excited about having the chance to go to Auburn," the Hutchinson head coach said. "He's got three seasons left of eligibility so I think it's a great get for Auburn too. He hit it off well with Ellis (Auburn defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Ellis Johnson) and the rest of the staff. I think he's real excited."

Flowers will be reuniting with a pair of juco teammates, offensive guard Devonte Danzey and defensive tackle Ben Bradley, who enrolled at Auburn earlier this month as mid-term transfers. During the 2012 season Flowers made 106 tackles for the Blue Dragons.

For Flowers it will be a return to the Southeast. He was a star not from the Auburn campus at Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga. After redshirting his first season in junior college, he will arrive at Auburn this summer with three years to play three seasons of SEC football for the Tigers.

Formerly committed to Texas A&M, Flowers said that his relationship with Auburn recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner gave him a comfort level with the Tigers. "I kind of already knew Coach Garner," he said. "He recruited me at Georgia (out of high school). We've got a really good relationship. He knows all my family."

Ellis Johnson, Auburn's defensive coordinator, will be working with the linebackers. "Coach Johnson seems like an amazing coach," Flowers said. "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."

Auburn's location was a selling point for the Tigers in convincing him to relocate to the AU campus. "It's a huge advantage for them," he said, noting his parents will be able to drive to home games, something they could not do when he was playing in Kansas. "I love my family and I love them seeing me play," said.

Flowers, who said weakside linebacker is his best position, had a high tackles game of 15 vs. Coffeyville this past season. On the season he was credited with nine tackles for lost yardage. He recovered two fumbles and returned one for a touchdown. He had one pass interception plus a forced fumble.

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