Texas A&M Aggies: Kenny Flowers

GigEmNation writer Sam Khan Jr. chatted with readers on Friday about Texas A&M football and recruiting. Here's the full transcript of the chat. Topics covered included Jake Matthews' return, the promotion of Clarence McKinney to co-offensive coordinator and playcaller and of course, recruiting. Here's an excerpt from Friday's chat:

Drew (Colleyville, TX): So with Jake Matthews coming back does this mean he will be moved over to LT? And if so who do you think will be the RT next year? And who do we have on the C depth chart that can take over? Thanks for the chats!
Sam Khan Jr.: Drew, yes, Matthews will be moved to LT. That should be a good transition for him and I think he'll do well. As for right tackle, I think you're looking a few possibilities: redshirt freshman Joseph Cheek, who backed up Matthews and played in the "unbalanced line" power running formations could be an option. True freshman Germain Ifedi, who was on the two-deep, is an option. And I wouldn't rule out moving someone out to right tackle that's already in the lineup (maybe RG Cedric Ogbuehi?). As for center, Mike Matthews, the younger brother of Jake Matthews, will be the heir apparent to Patrick Lewis. Matthews is the favorite to start and was the backup this year. Look for him to be a possible three-year starter at C for the Aggies.

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Recruits impressed by Manziel 

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Ed ParisWilliam Wilkerson/ESPN.comCommit Ed Paris enjoyed watching Johnny Manziel in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel wowed fans and observers with his performance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, leading the Aggies to a resounding 41-13 win over Oklahoma.

The same can be said for recruits who watched the game.
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.

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Courtesy of Hutchinson C.C.Kenny Flowers committed to Texas A&M over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State and West Virginia.
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.:

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How TAMU is making the numbers work 

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Some people might not believe it, but Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says he knows the rules.


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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- One game does not a recruiting class make.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin knows and understands this. So when thinking about the impact that the Aggies' clash with Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4 might have on recruiting, Sumlin prefers to look at the body of work the Aggies have put together this season rather than the results that will play out that day.

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Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesKevin Sumlin says Texas A&M has built its brand in the SEC 'very, very quickly.'
"I think people make a lot out of one game when it comes to recruiting," Sumlin said. "Very few guys that I have recruited have ever gone in and told their dad, 'You know what, Dad, I'm going to go to whoever wins this game tonight.' That doesn't really happen that much, but what does happen is over the course of time you build your brand."

The building of Texas A&M's brand is something that has happened rather quickly this season. With the Aggies going 10-2 in their first season of Southeastern Conference play, having a Heisman Trophy winner in Johnny Manziel and reaching the top 10 in the national rankings, the Aggies have very quickly become a force.

That much can be seen by their 2013 recruiting class, which has 34 commitments, five of whom signed letters of intent during the mid-year junior college signing period, which began Dec. 19. Those five were receiver Ja'Quay Williams, tight end Cameron Clear, linebackers Kenny Flowers and Tommy Sanders and tackle Jeremiah Stuckey.

"The junior college guys -- you guys know who they are," Sumlin said. "They're impact guys for us in positions of need. The reason that we were able to go out and recruit them from all over the country -- whether it was San Francisco, Arizona Western, you name it, Fork Union, that's east-to-west coast -- is because I think our brand has grown. I think guys understand where we're headed as a program. We go out, particularly from a junior college player or a prep school guy, we're looking to fill a hole. Those guys understand that, and that's why the quality of those guys to come into our program, we need that. I said, 'We need to upgrade our talent level, and we need to upgrade the profile of our team,' and I think the mid-year guys bring that to the table. And it gives them an advantage to come in here and compete in the spring and to go through Larry Jackson's whole workout and through spring practice. Those guys are trying to get on the field next year."

Texas A&M's class is ranked seventh in the country currently, and some serious punch has been added in the last few months, both in the 2013 and 2014 classes. Some of the highest-ranked players in the 2013 class and highly-touted players in the 2014 class are considering -- and even choosing -- the Aggies.

Oklahoma has built its brand well over the years, Sumlin said. That's where the Aggies are trying to get.

"Oklahoma has done a great job of that over time, and we're trying to catch up quickly," Sumlin said. "I think that us being in the SEC and having a strong year has built our brand very, very quickly. Either way, like I said, it gets back to playing meaningful games. This team, as I said earlier, has done that in putting us in a position to do that in the SEC. That's what brings you to Jan. 4 and playing Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, and that's why that game becomes meaningful -- because of the atmosphere, because everything that's there, and it's still going to be a great venue and a great game."

Aggies again dip into junior college ranks 

December, 18, 2012
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When it comes to junior college prospects, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has always been open to the idea of sprinkling a few into his recruiting classes.

He did so when he was the head coach at Houston and is continuing that trend at Texas A&M. While at Houston, the Cougars signed at least a pair of junior college prospects in each of Sumlin's final three signing classes.

Cameron Clear
Denzel Wright Juco tight end Cameron Clear could make an immediate impact for Texas A&M in 2013.
At Texas A&M, Sumlin closed out the 2012 class by picking up a pair -- cornerback Tremaine Jacobs and receiver Derel Walker -- and has three more committed in the 2013 class, with the possibility of acquiring one more. Wednesday marks the first day that mid-year junior college transfers can sign a national letter of intent and all three of the below names will be officially joining the Aggies then (*-denotes returning starter):

Cameron Clear | 6-6, 285, TE
Arizona Western College
Returning TEs: Nehemiah Hicks, Caleb Little, Daniel Inglett
Other committed TEs: Derrick Griffin
Where Clear might fit: Tight ends aren't used heavily in Sumlin's offense but they are used, whether it's in the running game or lining up next to the quarterback as the second back in a two-back set, which the Aggies used on occasion with Hicks and Michael Lamothe this year. There's a chance for Clear to come in and see the field quickly since Lamothe is graduating and Hicks is the only returnee that gained significant playing time on offense. Little saw action in three games while Inglett, a walk-on, saw action in two. Griffin is more of a receiver than a tight end when he arrives.

Kenny Flowers | 6-2, 228, OLB
Hutchinson Community College
Returning OLBs: Donnie Baggs, Steven Jenkins*, Michael Richardson, Jordan Richmond, Tyrone Taylor, Shaun Ward
Other committed OLBs: None
Where Flowers might fit: Jenkins is the only returning starter among the above names and Baggs made some forward strides this year, starting in place of Jenkins when he served a one-game suspension. Richardson appeared in nine games while Ward appeared in seven. There's plenty of competition for Flowers, but if he comes in and impresses, he can be in the mix.


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Juco OLB Flowers solid with Aggies 

December, 16, 2012
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Less than a week from the early junior college signing period, and it’s a crazy time for recruits and coaches.

That’s no exception for Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and coach Rion Rhoades. But there is one recruit he doesn’t have to worry about in three-star outside linebacker Kenny Flowers.

Flowers, who is 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds, committed to Texas A&M last month and is eager to sign with the Aggies, said Rhoades.

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How TAMU can sign 34 recruits for 2013 

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Now that Texas A&M's regular season is complete, coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff have turned their full attention to recruiting, closing out the 2013 class and building on their 2014 haul, which already has begun with three commitments in the books.

With 31 commitments for the Class of 2013, the Aggies currently lead the nation in total commitments. And they're not finished yet, still in the hunt for some of their top remaining targets. Among the players the Aggies are still pursuing:


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SEC success opening doors for Aggies 

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There's one thing that's clear about Texas A&M's quick success in its first Southeastern Conference season. It has gotten the attention of recruits.

The Aggies already had 28 commitments before the season started but have added three 2013 commitments plus a 2014 commitment.

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Courtesy of Hutchinson C.C.Juco linebacker Kenny Flowers is Texas A&M's only commitment since the season began.
Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite safety Kameron Miles, a 2013 prospect who on Wednesday decommitted from Tennessee and switched his commitment from Texas A&M that night, was the first pledge the Aggies have landed since their landmark victory over then-No. 1 Alabama. Four days later, they added City College of San Francisco offensive tackle Jeremiah Stuckey.

Even before that win, he was already having positive feelings about the Aggies, who offered him a little more than a week ago because of their success. But the Alabama win certainly sent a message about how competitive the Aggies are in their first year in the league and will be in the future.

"I've been watching them since their close game against LSU and now beating Alabama," Miles said after committing to the Aggies. "For a school to be that successful in their first year in the SEC, that's an accomplishment. That really impressed me."

The Aggies have picked up two other commitments since the season began -- Stuckey and Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College linebacker Kenny Flowers who committed on Nov. 2. And they've remained in the hunt for several of their top remaining targets, including ESPN 150 members Ricky Seals-Jones, Justin Manning, Mike Mitchell and Isaac Savaiinaea. While the Aggies have made their impressions on each of those young men when they visited College Station, Texas, there's no doubt the on-field success has only helped their recruiting efforts.

"They're probably going to win Texas now," said Seals-Jones' father, Chester Jones, of the Aggies' momentum. "In the recruiting wars in the next four-to-five years, they'll probably be the top recruiting college in the state of Texas."


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Weekend Rewind: Texas A&M 

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Texas A&M had 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 last week when he called the coaches to commit to Texas A&M.

Flowers made the commitment on Friday afternoon and the December graduate said he is excited to be joining the program in a couple 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.

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Aggies land juco OLB Kenny Flowers 

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Texas A&M has made sure that Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College outside linebacker Kenny Flowers knew that he was a priority.

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Courtesy of Hutchinson C.C.Kenny Flowers committed to Texas A&M over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State and West Virginia.
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.

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Kenny Flowers enjoys A&M official visit 

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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."


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Notes: A&M hosting juco duo on officials 

September, 20, 2012
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This summer, Texas A&M dipped into the junior college ranks to add to an area of need in its 2013 recruiting class: defensive tackle.

The result was the commitment of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Rob Zimmerman, a 6-foot-3, 320-pound prospect who committed to the Aggies in July.

This weekend, when the Aggies host South Carolina State at Kyle Field, Zimmerman will be one of two official visitors expected to be on hand. The other is his Hutchinson teammate, outside linebacker Kenny Flowers.

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