- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
Texas A&M has made sure that Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College outside linebacker Kenny Flowers knew that he was a priority.
The constant contact and effort that the Aggies put into recruiting the 6-foot-2, 228-pound prospect paid off in a big way Friday, when he called the coaches to commit to Texas A&M.
Flowers made the commitment on Friday afternoon and the December graduate is excited to be joining the program in a couple of months. He chose the Aggies over offers from Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State and West Virginia. It was Texas A&M's aggressiveness in its pursuit that made the difference.
"It was how the coaches contacted me," Flowers said. "I just knew that I was wanted. I took a visit there and I just knew it was the place to be."
Flowers, from Lilburn, Ga., will play outside linebacker for the Aggie. He was recruited by linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt.
"We established a good relationship," Flowers said. "We always talk about football. He calls me just about every week, so we stay in contact often."
He'll have two years of eligibility left when he arrives on campus and three years in which to play them. With two starting linebackers graduating after this season, Texas A&M seniors Sean Porter and Jonathan Stewart, the chance to compete for early playing time will be there for Flowers.
"I'm excited," he said. "[Playing time] was up there, probably at the top really. That's a big benefit with Texas A&M."
The Aggies' SEC membership also mattered to Flowers.
"It matters a lot," he said. "I know it's a good league. It's the best."
Flowers said he's excited about the chance to be on campus in January. He also hasn't been surprised by how the Aggies have fared this year.
"I wasn't really surprised," he said. "They're having a great season. I know they have a great coaching staff and a great team."
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