Vinny Flury had a standout senior season, which saw him being named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro Team and first-team AP All-State this year.
He 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, 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. Flury has received scholarship offers or interest from Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota-Mankato and Concordia-St. Paul. He has also gotten some interest from North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Wayne State. He visited Concordia-St. Paul and St. Cloud State.
The head coach of Concordia-St. Paul, Shannon Currier, was recently hired as the head coach of Truman State. Currier has asked Flury to visit the campus this weekend. Currier signed 15 players on signing day, including 5-10, 170-pound wide receiver Michael Patenode from Princeton (MN) High.
Flury's mother, Dawn, said that her son really is considering Minnesota and would like to play Division I football, even if it means walking on with the hopes of earning a scholarship.
Vinny hopes to make a decision shortly
"The Gophers want to know by next week."
Lakeville head coach Larry Thompson said that because Flury has wanted to play Division I, many Division II schools have not gotten as involved as normal.
"Most of the Division I schools who see tape of Vinny like him, but when they see him in person, they all say that he is too small. He may be, but he made a lot of big plays for us."
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.
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 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 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.
The Gophers are evaluating teammate Brylee Callender, a talented running back. The 6-1, 190-pound running back rushed 266 times for 2,132 yards this season as he was named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro Team, AP All-State and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State team. He rushed 26 times for 226 yards and two scores in the championship game and 22 times for 266 yards with three touchdowns in the semifinals. Callender had 37 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores this season. He did not play as a junior, due to a Minnesota High School League violation. Callender's sophomore season was cut short by a burst appendix.
Callender has made big strides in his academics in the past year after struggling in the classroom. His friendship with Flury has reportedly helped Callender on the field and in the classroom as well. Callender took the ACT test last weekend and visited the Gophers last Saturday.
Dawn Flury admitted that she would like to see the two play together next season, if possible.
Academics could force Callender to go to a junior college, such as Rochester, where current Gopher kicker Rhys Lloyd, previously played.