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Notre Dame Commit Profile: Wide Receiver Rico Flores Jr.

Breaking down Notre Dame wide receiver commit Rico Flores Jr., who adds to the Irish pass catcher class

A look at Notre Dame wide receiver commit Rico Flores Jr., who becomes the second receiver in the 2023 class to pledge to the Irish.

RICO FLORES JR PROFILE

Hometown: Folsom, Calif.
High School: Folsom

Height: 6-1
Weight: 190

IB Grade: 4.0 (Top 200 caliber recruit)
Upside Grade: 4.5

2021 Stats: 81 catches, 1,157 yards, 14.3 YPC, 11 TD

Offers: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, LSU, USC, Oregon, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, Stanford, Washington, Utah, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon State, California, Georgia Tech

Recruited By: Chansi Stuckey, Tommy Rees, Chad Bowden

RECRUITING RANKINGS

Rivals: 4-star - No. 106 overall - No. 17 wide receiver
ESPN: 4-star - No. 217 overall - No. 17 wide receiver
247Sports: 4-star - No. 246 overall - No. 28 wide receiver
On3: 4-star - No. 266 overall - No. 38 wide receiver
Consensus: 4-star - No. 171 overall - No. 28 wide receiver

FILM ANALYSIS

The 6-1, 190-pound receiver is one of the most polished receivers in this class. He's clean off the line, which allows him to maximize his speed. Even as a junior he showed a great feel for using his stem to get into proper leverage and he does a great job using his body at the top of end of routes to manipulate defenders. Flores also shows an impressive ability to adjust his speed when it's needed to set a defender up.

Flores doesn't have any athletic traits that are elite, but he's a quality all-around athlete, which combines nicely with his technical prowess to make him highly effective. He has impressive balance and agility, and he shows much-needed flexibility. Each of these traits combine together to make Flores a strong route runner. His ability to get off the line quickly and his precision as a route runner allows Flores to maximize his speed and makes him a big play threat.

The Folsom standout shows a great feel for getting open. Not only is he able to use his route technique and quickness to get good separation out of breaks, Flores shows a great feel for finding soft spots in the defense when he is working against zone coverages.

Flores tracks the deep ball extremely well. He's strong at the catch point, he has strong hands and he attacks the football when it's in the air. His catch radius is above average, but his hand speed and strength allows him to make tough catches.

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Flores brings a unique fit into the Notre Dame offense. His ideal fit is as an X receiver, but he could fit into the boundary (W) spot as well and the way Tommy Rees runs his offense I could see Flores thriving in the slot (Z) as well. That versatility makes this an even bigger pickup for Notre Dame.

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