- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
In the coming months, GigEmNation will give readers a closer look at the commitments in Texas A&M's 2013 recruiting class by doing a Q&A with each of them. Today, we visit with Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College outside linebacker Kenny Flowers.
Flowers, a three-star prospect who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 228 pounds, played his high school ball in Liliburn, Ga., at Parkview High School. This season at Hutchinson he led the team with 106 tackles, had nine tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, four pass breakups, five quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble for the 9-3 Blue Dragons.
He is ranked No. 91 overall in the ESPN JC 100. He committed to Texas A&M on Nov. 2, 2012 and signed his letter of intent on Dec. 19, 2012. His father, Kenny Flowers Sr., played college football at Clemson and in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons. Here's our Q&A with Kenny Flowers Jr.:
GigEmNation: What made you commit to Texas A&M?
Kenny Flowers: I just thought it was a good school and out of my choices, it was the best. I saw myself being there and it suited me well.
GEN: What first inspired you to take up football?
KF: Just my dad. He inspired me. He was an NFL player, so I always wanted to be like him.
GEN: What has life been like since your commitment?
KF: It hasn't really been different. People have just been congratulating me and patting me on the back and everything, but it hasn't really changed. Everybody I knew, they knew I was going to go somewhere big.
GEN: Describe your first meeting with Kevin Sumlin. What was your first impression?
KF: He told me everything I wanted to hear. He told me how their defense is and how I could be a part of it and how Texas A&M is a really good school.
GEN: What's your favorite Texas A&M memory so far?
KF: Probably going to the South Carolina State game, seeing everything there on my official visit. I think that was probably my favorite moment.
GEN: What's your goal when you get to Texas A&M?
KF: To get a spot on the team, a starting spot. After that, it's just to do my best.
GEN: Was committing a difficult decision?
KF: No, it was pretty easy. The coaching staff did a good job of recruiting and A&M was holding the top spot for awhile before I decided to pull the trigger.
GEN: You're enrolling for the spring semester. How ready are you to start classes and start working out with the rest of the team?
KF: Oh, I'm real excited. I know I have a lot of work to do and I'm excited to get down there and get working.
GEN: Who has been the biggest influence on your success?
KF: Definitely my dad and really, all of my family. They keep on pushing me to do the best and that's what I do.
GEN: If you weren't a football player, what sport would you play?
KF: Baseball. I played a little bit in high school and middle school. I was a shortstop.
GEN: What's on your pregame music playlist?
KF: Just whatever is big in rap and hip-hop at that time.
GEN: How have your accomplishments changed your life?
KF: It changed it big time. It changed my future and where I went and changed everything. My decision to go to A&M is definitely going to change my life and I'm just going to take it from there.
GEN: What is the biggest highlight of your playing career so far?
KF: Getting defensive MVP [in the Salt City Bowl vs. Iowa Central].
GEN: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
KF: If not the NFL, I see myself getting a home in Florida and just working as an engineer.
GEN: What did the junior college experience you had at Hutchinson do for you?
KF: It helped me get ready for the college experience and get the feeling of being away from home and being an individual. It got me ready.
Major: Electrical engineering
Favorite food: Barbecue chicken
Favorite car: Cadillac CTS
Favorite NFL player: "Cam Newton. He's a hard worker and I love the way he plays. I just love to watch him."
Jersey number: "I want to wear No. 6, but it's not important to me."
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