California 4-star WR Rico Flores is committed to Notre Dame Football

The signing blitz for Notre Dame continued on Sunday. California 4-Star wide receiver Rico Flores made his verbal commitment to the Fighting Irish during an Instagram LIVE session.

The 6ft 1in, 190-pounder from Folsom pre-selected the Irishman to his other two finalists; the Georgia Bulldogs and the Ohio State Buckeyes. In truth, it was probably just down to Notre Dame and Georgia since the Bucks already filled their WR space for the 2023 class.

247 Evaluation:

The 6-foot-1,190-pound verified athlete is built with a college-ready physique as we speak. He has a well muscled and defined frame. He is able to generate a good explosiveness, by the way is built with a powerful lower body. It’s high in the shoulder and chest area. He has a great length and a solid physical condition. Flores is a player with 2-way snaps that exhibit those athletic ability, change of direction, agility, physicality and toughness. He’s suddenly off the ball’s snap, where he uses his speed to create an instant separation from the defender. When defended from outside cover, he’s able to pull off the same separation with a knack for dropping his weight and getting out of his break quickly while still being physical at the top of the route. Once the ball is in the air he does a good job attacking the ball at its peak. You often see soft hands when the ball comes at him. While not a burner, he brings a post-catch toughness and physical running style that adds some yac. He uses a change of pace on his deep vertical routes to step defensively when his hand-eye coordination takes over the deep ball and he’s making those hard catches. Going over center and into traffic to make the tough plays where he knows the defense is waiting to make a play is very comfortable. He plays both on the outside and in the slot, he’s comfortable in the lineup and productive in both places. While not a burner, he understands leverage, runs good routes and uses his size to protect defenders from the ball. Also in the running game he is more than adequate as a blocker where he shows up. The way he plays the game and with a good overall profile, he should offer instance depth and have the ability to play on special teams. Still has room to refine his overall game once in college to become a Power 5 starter.

Flores is Notre Dame’s 18th signing of the 2023 class and the second pass catcher from the Gold Coast. His dedication helps boost Notre Dame’s team recruitment ranking – which is #1 according to 247 Team Composite Rankings.

2023 Notre Dame Commitment List (18)

POSITION PLAYER STATUS HT WT rivals ESPN 247 SPORTS 247 COMPOSITION On 3 On3 consensus COMMITMENT DATE
POSITION PLAYER STATUS HT WT rivals ESPN 247 SPORTS 247 COMPOSITION On 3 On3 consensus COMMITMENT DATE
EN Keon Keeley FL 6’5″ 230 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 06/28/21
EN Brenan Vernon OH 6’5″ 245 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 06/29/21
S Adon Schuler NJ 6’0″ 190 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 08/15/21
TE Cooper Flanagan APPROX 6’5″ 225 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 09/02/21
LB Drayk Bowen IN 6’2″ 215 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 03.11.21
S Peyton Bowen Send 6’0″ 185 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 01/01/22
LB Preston Zinter MA 6’2″ 220 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 01/11/22
WR Braylon James Send 6’3″ 185 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 04/19/22
OIL Sam Pendleton NC 6’4″ 295 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 04/25/22
DL Boubacar Traore MA 6’5″ 240 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 04/27/22
DL Devan Houston md 6’5″ 270 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/7/22
OIL Sullivan Absher NC 6’7″ 290 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 05/13/22
RB Jayden Limar WA 5’11” 190 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 05/26/22
OIL Joe Otting KA 6’4″ 275 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 07.06.22
OIL Elijah Paige AZ 6’7″ 305 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 06/10/22
OIL Karl Jagusah II 6’6″ 308 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 06/30/22
cb Micah Bell Send 5’11” 170 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 07/01/22
WR Rico Flores APPROX 6’1″ 190 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 07/03/22

The Irish struggled to land signings at the wide receiver position last cycle, but heading into July, the combination of Braylon James and Rico Flores is sure to help ease those shortcomings. The promise of more to come this cycle is music to the ears of any Notre Dame fan.

2023 Notre Dame Football Scholarship Table

position / year newcomers second grader Junior Senior 5th/6th Year
position / year newcomers second grader Junior Senior 5th/6th Year
quarterback Steve Angeli Tyler Buchner, Ron Powlus Drew Pyne
Back race Jayden Limar Jadarian Price, Gi’Bran Payne Audric Estime, Logan Diggs Chris Tyree
Close end Cooper Flanagan Eli Raridon, Holden Staes Cane Berrong, Mitchell Evans Michael Mayer, Kevin Baumann
wide receiver Braylon James, Rico Flores Tobias Merriweather Deion Colzie, Lorenzo Styles, and Jayden Thomas
center Ashton Craig Pat Coogan Zeke Correll
Guard Sam Pendleton, Joe Otting Billy Schrauth Rocco Spindler Andreas Kristofic
Approach Sullivan Absher, Elijah Paige, and Charles Jagusah Joey Tanona, Ty Chan, Aamil Wagner Blake Fisher, Joe Alt, Caleb Johnson Michael Carmody, Tosh Baker
Defensive tackle Boubacar Traore, Devan Houston Tyson Ford, Donovan Hinish Gab Rubio Rylie Mills, Aidan Keanaaina Howard Cross, NaNa Osafo Mensah
Defensive End Keon Keeley, Brenan Vernon Joshua Burnham, Aiden Gobaira Jason Onye, Will Schweitzer Alexander Ehrenberger Isaiah Foskey, Osita Ekwonu
linebacker Drayk Bowen, Preston Zinter Nolan Ziegler, Junior Tuihalamaka, and Jaylen Sneed Prince Collie Jordan Botelho Jack Kiser, Marist Liufau, and JD Bertrand
security Adon Shuler, Peyton Bowen Jayden Bellamy Justin Walters Xavier Watts, Ramon Henderson
cornerback Micah Bell Jayden Mickey, Benjamin Morrison Ryan Barnes, Philip Riley, Chance Tucker Clarence Lewis Cam Hart
specialists Bryce McFerson (P) Josh Bryan (K) Alex Peitsch (LS)
buzz 18/85 (18) 40/85 (22) 63/85 (23) 77/85 (14) 87/85 (10)

Future 5th year eligibility is not shown in this table due to the COVID year. Subject to change.

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