Back on Feb. 22, Folsom (Calif.) High class of 2023 four-star wide receiver Rico Flores Jr. announced a top five schools list of Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas and UCLA.
He trimmed his list down further on Thursday with Georgia, Notre Dame and Ohio State making his final group. Flores saw the Bulldogs and Buckeyes last month for unofficial visits, while he hasn’t been to South Bend yet to see what the Fighting Irish have to offer.
He is scheduled officially visit Notre Dame for the Fighting Irish’s monster recruiting weekend June 10-12 and is expected to be at Georgia for an official the following weekend. We’d assume that Ohio State will host him again as well.
“They’re good on and off the field,” Flores recently said about why Notre Dame is a contender for him “I feel like I could have a good future there. I like the coaching staff, and the university itself is historic.”
The On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine (RPM) currently gives Georgia a slight lead over Notre Dame, but there’s a plenty more to transpire between now and Flores’ commitment date of July 3.
Flores ranks as the nation’s No. 233 player and No. 35 wide receiver according to the 2023 On3 Consensus rankings.
Flores has connected with the Notre Dame staff
The Fighting Irish staff extended an offer to Flores at the end of last April. Former receivers coach Del Alexander was leading the charge in the recruitment, and since his departure in January, Notre Dame has kept their pursuit of him going strong.
“It’s been the same love from them when I first got the offer,” he said.
Chansi Stuckey was hired to replace Alexander in late January, and he and Flores hit the ground running building their relationship.
“He’s a really great dude,” Flores said. “We talk on the phone a couple times a week and had a good Zoom call recently for an hour. He was showing me some film and is a real chill dude. The aura about him is really great. I like it. He’s straight up with you.”
Flores has spoken with offensive coordinator Tommy Rees and head coach Marcus Freeman as well.
“Coach Rees came up to my school in January,” Flores added. “He’s a pretty cool guy. I’ve talked to Coach Freeman on the phone, too. He’s a great person.”