After spending the past two years nearly 1,000 miles away, Kenny Flowers is returning closer to home for the rest of his college football career.
The former Parkview linebacker committed to Auburn on Friday, reversing an earlier commitment to Texas A&M. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder's enrollment at Texas A&M was held up by a class, then he re-opened his recruitment and Auburn became a quick favorite.
The Tigers have a dire need at linebacker, which is good for Flowers, who redshirted his first season at Hutchinson County Community College (Kans.) and has three seasons of eligibility at Auburn. He is ranked No. 86 on the ESPN National JUCO Top 100 recruits.
"Kenny had an unfortunate thing happen at Texas A&M with a class that kind of held up his ability to go there this semester," Hutchinson head coach Rion Rhoades told autigers.com. "I talked to Kenny about how everything happens for a reason. I definitely believe that's the case with his situation. To be able to go to a place like Auburn, with the tradition and the awesome history that is there, and to be within an hour and a half or two hours from his home where his family can come see him is great.
"To be part of a new era with (first-year Auburn) Coach (Gus) Malzahn and a lot of excitement surrounding Auburn right now, I think it's a great situation.
Flowers is the third Hutchinson player, and the second from Gwinnett, to commit to Malzahn and his staff. Norcross grad Ben Bradley, a defensive tackle, already is enrolled at Auburn as is their Hutchinson teammate, offensive lineman Devonte Danzey. Flowers and Bradley will join North Gwinnett grad C.J. Uzomah, giving Auburn three Gwinnett products on the roster.