Vinny Flury caught two touchdown passes in the Prep Bowl to lead the Panthers in a 34-9 win over Hastings. He finished the season with 78 receptions for 1,198 yards and 18 receiving touchdowns this season. Flury had 13 carries for 144 yards and two rushing touchdowns and one punt return for a score. He also led the state in receptions as a junior with 60 grabs.
Flury attended the Gopher football camp this summer and was at the passing tournament held at the University of Minnesota. The coaches saw the championship game and have requested film on him.
Flury said that many teams are looking at him as a slot receiver and a special teams performer.
The Panthers utilized Flury on wide receiver reverses more as the season progressed. He had six rushes for 107 yards against defending state champion Eden Prairie. Flury started the game with a 95-yard reverse and later caught two touchdown passes to end the Eagles' season. Eden Prairie had won four state titles in the past seven years.
"It was different getting a handoff from the quarterback rather than running my route. You don't have to worry about getting open."
Flury said that his strengths are getting yardage after the catch and his hands. He utilizes spin moves and has excellent vision to avoid tacklers.
Flury wants to improve his speed. He currently runs a 4.58 40-yard dash and wants to get under 4.5. He bench presses 235 pounds.
Flury said that the Panthers had a goal to make it to the state championship game.
"The goal was to go 14-0. We did 14 sit-ups and 14 push-ups in practice every day, everything in 14's."
The Panthers cruised through the regular season. They outscored their opposition 545-178 in their 14 games.
Flury has received interest from North Dakota State, South Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth South Dakota State and Wayne State. He has gotten letters from Iowa State and Wisconsin and has gotten attention from MAC schools like Miami of Ohio and Eastern Michigan. He visited St. Paul Concordia and St. Cloud State.
Flury scored a 22 on his ACT and has a 3.4 GPA. He plans to major in business or business finance.
Flury played second base on the baseball team as a junior, but does not plan on playing this season.