May 8, 2012

Flowers starting to blossom

One thing that Hutchinson Community College linebacker Kenny Flowers refuses to do is take his opportunities for granted.

The JUCO linebacker signed with Hutchinson out of Parkview High School in Lilburn, because he didn't have offers from other schools, but entering his final season with the Blue Dragons, some big name schools have taken notice of his ability.

"Right now I have offers from Texas A&M and Indiana University," said Flowers. "I'm also hearing from a lot of schools like UGA, Ohio, and Arkansas. That is about it right now."

While being a Georgia native gives him a certain familiarity with the Georgia program, Flowers grew up following Clemson due to the fact that his father played for the Tigers.

A chance to come back home and play for the Bulldogs, however, is intriguing but not something that is mandatory for the star linebacker.

"I feel good about Georgia and I like Georgia," said Flowers. "They are a great school and they are looking at me hard right now for sure. If they were to offer, it would be great but getting back home and back to Georgia is not something that is a requirement for me. I just want to play football."

The former Peach State defender has built a strong relationship with a member of the UGA coaching staff, and believes an offer could be coming in the near future.

"I talk a lot with the defensive line coach, Coach (Rodney) Garner," said Flowers. "He is a good guy and he came by my school last week with another coach that I didn't know. I think he is a new coach or something. I think they are close to offering. I feel good about them offering."

As a member of a Hutchinson team that has produced big-time talent year after year, Flowers believes his time with the Blue Dragons is the main reason he has become the player he is today.

"Just being here has helped me a lot and helped me be a better player," he said. "Things are so much faster at this level and I have just gotten better and I think that is why schools are coming after me now."

At 6-foot-1, 228 pounds, Flowers game is built around speed and finding the football, but the JUCO standout doesn't plan to rest on his laurels, as he knows exactly what he needs to do to be a complete player.

"Right now I think I want to get better with my reads and reading the offense," said Flowers. "I also need to get better in pass coverage. That is definitely my weak point."

Flowers, who plans to graduate in December, believes that more offers will be rolling in very soon, and he already has a plan for how he will select the school where he will play his college ball.

"I'm going to be looking for a school that can give me a chance to play early and play a lot," said Flowers. "I want to be comfortable there. I'm also looking for strong academics. I want a school that has my major, computer engineering."