- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
As kickoff approached, Kenny Flowers took in the atmosphere at Kyle Field. The Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College outside linebacker got a pretty good feeling inside as players came onto the field and the crowd of more than 86,000 roared in the heart of College Station, Texas.
"It felt good," he said. "I felt like I wanted to be in pads and making tackles out there."
Flowers, who is teammates with Texas A&M commitment and Hutchinson defensive tackle Rob Zimmerman, has long thought about the Aggies when it comes to his recruitment. And though he had a productive, positive trip while taking his official visit to the campus over the weekend, he wasn't yet ready to commit, but the Aggies appear to lead in the race for his services.
"It was all good," he said. "They said that they want me here and they want me to go ahead and accept the offer and be an Aggie. Texas A&M, they've always been my favorite, but I still have a lot to think about."
Flowers, who is being recruited by A&M linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt, said he plans to make a decision before his season at Hutchinson concludes in December. Prior to his official visit, he named Arkansas and Georgia as his other two favorites. The Razorbacks figure to be the Aggies' stiffest competition in the Flowers race now since they have offered him and Georgia, the school of his home state, hasn't.
The things Flowers wanted to see on his trip to College Station, he did.
"I've been talking to coach Wallerstedt for awhile, so all my questions have been answered," Flowers said. "The big thing for me was just taking in the atmosphere of the game and everything. They do a good job of telling me they have a spot for me and everything.
"The two main factors are playing time and me being happy there, feeling comfortable, just seeing myself there."
Overall, Flowers said he felt good about the trip and left with no concerns about the Aggies.
"Everything was pretty great," he said. "Nothing bad, it was just good."
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