It's official, Rico Flores Jr. is officially a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Rico signed his official letter of intent to play for Marcus Freeman and the Fighting Irish on December 14 during an early signing day ceremony at Folsom High School. Surrounded by his family, friends, teammates, and coaches, Rico was all smiles as he signed.
The Fighting Irish are getting one of the best wide receivers in the state of California. Rico is among one of the best 4-star players that the state has produced. Before committing to the Fighting Irish, he held over 30 college offers that included: Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, USC, and Tennessee. However, he chose Notre Dame due to the close relationships he developed with the coaching staff and his ability to make an immediate impact as a Freshman. With his commitment, Notre Dame now has the #6 ranked 2023 recruiting class per 247 Sports.
The road to Notre Dame was never an easy one and Rico gives a lot of credit to his single mother, who helped raise him and make him into the amazing football player he is today and the even better man he is off the field. Rico also credits his coaches for his development. Paul Doherty, the head football coach at Folsom, credits Rico with his tenacious mentality, maturity, and focus to be the best player possible. Lastly, Rico credits his godfather, Lem Adams, who is also the owner of Game-Fit, a personal training facility based in Sacramento, for helping him develop his football skills.
Before Rico reports to Notre Dame in mid-January, he will be attending the prestigious The All-American Bowl that will be played in San Antonio on January 7, 2023. The All-American Bowl is presented and aired on NBC and showcases the most elite high school players in the nation. Previous attendees include Andrew Luck, Adrian Peterson, Chase Young, and Odell Beckham Jr.