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Friday, January 25, 2013
ESPN JC 100 OLB Flowers makes decision

By Bob Przybylo

Junior college linebacker Kenny Flowers (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC) thought his recruitment was over in the fall.

He had found his home at Texas A&M. But when Flowers was unable to enroll early for the Aggies, A&M elected to part ways with the ESPN JC 100 prospect.

A&M’s loss has become Auburn’s gain, as Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades confirmed on Friday that Flowers has committed to the Tigers.

Flowers, who is ranked No. 96 in the ESPN JC 100, is the third Hutchinson product to land at Auburn for this class. Offensive guard Devonte Danzey and ESPN JC 100 defensive tackle Ben Bradley are also going to be with the Tigers.

The departure from A&M was a shock to Flowers, who is 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds. During a crazy December, the one thing Rhoades said he was certain of was Flowers’ commitment to the Aggies.

But it didn’t take long for a talent like Flowers to find a home. Flowers made an official visit to Auburn last weekend. The Tigers took the lead and never looked back.

Flowers was also looking at offers from Kansas State and Texas Tech, but the prospect of playing for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was too much to pass up.

“Coach Malzahn had built a great relationship with us from his time at Arkansas State,” Rhoades said. “He relates well to the players and understands the value of juco players.”

Flowers is the 17th commitment for Auburn’s class and sixth junior college prospect to pledge to the Tigers.