December 4, 2006

Golden Flashes add a RB

Last weekend 14 of Kent State's top football prospects made official visits to campus. Two of those visitors, Georgia offensive lineman Charles Laster and Tennessee running back Andre Flowers pledged their verbal commitment to the Golden Flashes.

"I just liked the environment up there," said Flowers, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back from Dyer County High School in Newbern, Tenn. "Everyone up there was very friendly; it's like a home away from home."

The Golden Flashes offered a scholarship to Flowers about a month ago, and since then Flowers has been developing a relationship with assistant coach Terry Tilghman.

"He's a wonderful guy," Flowers said. "He went through the academics, then the athletics and the environment. He told me how everyone was real close up there."

During his visit Flowers was hosted by Kent State wide receiver Shawn Bayes. He had the chance to visit with several of the current players and coaches and he talked with head coach Doug Martin.

"First we went to the Pro Football Hall of Fame," he said. "My host took me to the football house and I got to meet a lot of the players and then he took me to the dorms and showed me what it was like to live on campus.

"Coach Martin told me how I was their No. 1 running back on their list and I'd have the chance to get playing time as a freshman. I think it's a perfect fit for me."

Flowers could provide immediate help to a Kent State ground game that averaged 158.4 yards rushing this season after running for just 45.9 yards per game in 2005. Last season Flowers rushed for over 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns on the way to being named the Region 7-AAA Offensive Player of the Year in Tennessee. This year he rushed for 1,575 yards and 19 scores.

"I just think that shows how athletic I am because I'm competing against the top prospects in the state," he said. "I'm kind of a combination (running back). I start out by pounding it and then I get them with the speed afterwards."

Flowers will leave Dyer County as the school's all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns scored. He was also named team MVP and he won the school's leadership award. He plans on majoring in Business Management at Kent State.


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