September 3, 2012
AY catches up with Kenny Flowers and Toby Johnson
Hutchinson (KS) Community College played at Navarro Community College Saturday night and in a back and forth battle Navarro was victorious 54-to-34. Not dressed out because of an ankle injury was Hutchinson defensive tackle and Texas A&M commit Rob Zimmerman. A&M linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt was watching the game from the sidelines. From Hutchinson the Aggies have offered at DT Toby Johnson, Kenny Flowers at LB and Antonio Johnson at OLB.
Antonio Johnson and Flowers both had touchdowns for Hutchinson. Flowers returned a fumble for 50 yards for a touchdown, making it Navarro-27 and Hutchinson-20 with 12:05 left in the third quarter, And Johnson scored on a quick pass for Hutchinson making it Navarro 34, Hutchinson 27 with 3:29 left in the third.
AggieYell talked with Toby Johnson and Kenny Flowers after the game.
Toby Johnson DT A&M offer:
(AY): A tough road game Saturday night at Navarro; Hutchinson had to move players around with the absence of Rob Zimmerman on the defensive line. And then late in the game with LB Demetrius Alston suffering a broken leg added another challenge for you guys on defense. From a defensive standpoint can you assess your play?
(Johnson): When I look at film, I am always hard on myself, and I thought it was the worst game I ever played. I didn't make the tackles I should have. My goal this year is to win it all and if that is going to happen I am going to have to play better and be a bigger leader. Zimmerman's ankle injury shouldn't have him out long. I think he should be back by this weekend's game and that will also help.
(AY): Pretty hard on yourself but what strengths did you bring?
(Johnson): I would say my strengths are the ability to pass rush and I have quick feet and good hands. I've also put on some good weight; I am 6-foot-4, 305 pounds.
(AY): Have you already narrowed down your list of offers?
(Johnson): I have a top ten; Georgia,, Tennessee, A&M, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Florida State and USC.
(AY): What coaches continue to show interest?
(Johnson): Well, Coach Wallerstedt from A&M was at our game Saturday night watching.
(AY): With Zimmerman already committed to A&M does he ever try and recruit you there too?
(Johnson): Oh yeah, Rob is always talking to us about A&M and he wants me to visit.
(AY): Will you be able to visit any schools this season?
(Johnson): On our off weekend, September 22, I will go visit a program but I don't know where yet.
Kenny Flowers LB A&M offer:
(AY) Second game for you after redshirting last year; could you assess your play so far?
(Flowers): Saturday night it was a long eight-hour car drive home. I was not happy with the way I performed. The intensity was not high enough. I though the offense did well but the defense made mistakes that needs to be corrected.
(AY): You kept Hutchinson in the game at the start of the second half when you returned a fumble for 50 yards for a touchdown. How did that change the momentum in the game?
(Flowers): That did help keep us in the game. It was a back and forth game. But that touchdown and my 11 total tackles was not enough.
(AY): Even with the redshirt last season college recruiters still saw enough of you in the spring to offer. What programs stick out to you?
(Flowers): My top three are Texas A&M, Arkansas and University of Georgia. I saw Coach Wallerstedt out at the game Saturday night. He has always told me how much they need me and I would play right away because of the depth issues.
(AY): Are you set to graduate in December?
(Flowers): Yes ma'am.
(AY): Are you planning on visiting any schools this season?
(Flowers): On our bye-weekend, September 22, I am going to Texas A&M.
(AY): When it comes down to it, how will you decide on a school and what are the qualifications you look for?
(Flowers): I have been to all the schools recruiting me. So I know what each is like. All the schools see me somewhere at linebacker. A&M sees me at weakside linebacker. And in the end, it will come down to playing time, how much they really want me and the demand for linebacker. I really just want the opportunity to play. I am grateful that three big schools are interested.
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