Folsom, Calif. high school four-star receiver Rico Flores is the latest class of 2023 prospect to commit to Notre Dame. This is another huge addition to an already loaded group heading to play for the Fighting Irish.
The 6-1, 190-pounder thing Notre Dame over a few finalists in Ohio State and Georgia. However, his offer list also included the likes of Alabama, Cal, Colorado, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, USC and many others.
“It has everything to offer,” said Flores in a prior interview, when asked why Notre Dame is a school he’s so interested in. “Life outside of football. You are going to be setup with so many connections throughout the country. As a Notre Dame grad, you know that you’re going to have people willing to help you out in any state. Also what they do in football. They’re always a top contestant in the College Football Playoffs. The staff there is amazing. Literally everyone.”
receivers coach Chansi Stuckey and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees did a tremendous job of recruiting him at a high level throughout his process. This duo teamed up to make sure he was a clear priority and he was needed, not just wanted by the entire staff.
“Coach ‘Stuck’, he’s just a real dude,” said Flores of the first-year receivers coach in South Bend. “For real, me and him can just get on the phone and chat it up for a whole hour and it doesn’t even have to be about football. He’s such a cool guy. He says it’s not a 4-year plan, but a 40-year plan.”
When Flores was on campus for his official visit in June, it seemed as though the Fighting Irish quickly became the team to beat. One factor that really helped Notre Dame here was his time with a former legend that had tremendous success in South Bend.
“I got to talk with the legend himself, Tim Brown,” said Flores, when asked about a meaningful conversation he had while at Notre Dame. “We just talked about the opportunities that Notre Dame has and how it will make you a better man for the future. I also got to talk with a billionaire, Tom Mendoza. He’s such a great person.”
247 Sports Scouting Report: The 6-foot-1,190-pound verified athlete is built with a college ready body as we speak. He has a good muscled up and defined frame. He is able to generate good explosiveness by the way is built with a powerful lower body. He is wide up top in the shoulder and chest area. He has ample length and features a solid overall physical make-up. Flores is a player that has 2-ways snaps that feature this athletic ability, change of direction, agility, physicalness and toughness. He is sudden off the snap of the ball where he uses his quickness to create immediate separation from the defender. When he is being defended in off-coverage he is able to get the same separation with a knock for dropping his weight and getting out of his break quickly all the while being physical at the top of the route. Once the ball is in the air he does a nice job attacking the ball at its high point. Soft hands are something you often see when the ball is coming his way. While he isn’t a burner he brings a toughness and physical running style after the catch that adds some yac. He uses a change of pace release on his deep vertical routes to gain a step on the defensive back when his hand-eye coordination takes over on the deep ball and he makes those tough catches. Very comfortable going across the middle and into traffic to make the tough plays where he knows the defense is waiting to make a play. Playing both on the outside and the slot his is comfortable lining up and being productive at either spot. Even though he isn’t a burner he understands leverage, runs good routes and uses his size to shield defenders for the ball. He is also more than adequate in the run game as a blocker where he shows up. The way he plays the game and with a good overall profile he should provide instance depth and have the ability to play on special teams. Still has room to fine tune his overall game once he is in college to become a power-5 starter.
Per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Flores is listed as the No. 187 overall player in the country, No. 27 receiver nationally and No. 12 prospect in the state of California from the class of 2023. 247Sports ranks him lower as the No. 246 overall talent this cycle.