One of the Bruins’ top targets in the Class of 2023 has set his commitment date.
Nearly two months after potential wide receiver Rico Flores Jr. included UCLA football among his top five finalists, the rising Northern California wide receiver revealed when he announced his engagement. According to Flores’ Twitter post on Monday afternoon, he will decide between Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas and UCLA on July 3.
UCLA may hold a slight advantage as the only remaining California school in recruiting Flores, but with a highly ranked prospect such as Flores, geography isn’t necessarily the deciding factor.
Class of 2023 wide receiver Grant Gray announced his commitment to UCLA on Sunday night and became the Bruins’ first commitment for the recruiting class. Joining Flores as wide receiver recruits still eyeing Westwood are Jeremiah McClure and Malachi Riley, who are both California products like Gray and Flores.
On February 22, when Flores announced their top five schools, Flores spoke with 247Sports why he would consider UCLA as a future destination.
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“They did it because I love everything UCLA has to offer,” Flores said. “Whether it’s school and college or whether it’s on the court still playing in the Rose Bowl. I really like how my relationship with the coaches has grown, too.”
The 247Sports Composite, Rivals and ESPN all listed Flores as a four-star recruit. The lanky receiver is ranked No. 193 overall by the 247Sports Composite, No. 155 by Rivals and ESPN places him at No. 217, and he’s in the top 30 by consensus in the nation.
During his freshman year at Folsom High School (CA), the 6-foot-2 receiver racked up 1,157 yards and 11 touchdowns on 81 catches, in addition to playing defensive back and spending time as a kick returner. foot.
Flores also impressed during the shortened Spring 2021 campaign. During his high school career, the receiver averaged 73.8 yards per game on 129 receptions with 24 touchdowns in 29 appearances.
With Kazmeir Allen, Jake Bobo and Josiah Norwood leaving the UCLA program after the 2022-23 season, the 2023 wide receiver class could find playing time alongside Kam Brown, Logan Loya, Jadyn Marshall and Titus. Mokiao-Atimalala — should they stay on the Bruins roster.
Playing time may factor into Flores’ decision on where to commit and if so, UCLA offers a wide range of freshman opportunities at Westwood.
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