After officially committing to the Fighting Irish in the summer of 2022, Rico Flores Jr. is gearing up for what will inevitably be an impressive fall season as a wide receiver. As an early enrollee, Flores has already had the chance to make an impression on the team and get ready for the upcoming fall season.
Flores is dangerous competition and has looked like the real deal in these early practices in South Bend. He really is a modern type of wide receiver. His combination of high football IQ and crisp route running ability allows him to exploit weak spots in other teams’ defenses.
With spring practices starting only a few weeks ago, Flores already looks like a stud. He’s such a confident route runner and catches the ball very well. He has caught the eye of many Fighting Irish writers, most notably BlueandGold.com's Tim Hyde and Mike Singer, who have raved about his high ceiling as a true freshman.
While Flores could not play in the All-American Bowl due to an injury, he still made the trip out to San Antonio to show his support. After his fall injury, he is almost at 100% again while participating in spring practices. “I’m pretty close. I’m real close,” he added. “I still try to keep strengthening it because it’s gonna be hard to get all the way back to 100. I’m out here running routes. It hasn’t been bothering me,” said Flores to 247 Sports.
The whole 2023 recruiting class for Notre Dame is exceptional. It’s a group of players that could really shake up college football, specifically starting with Flores.