Is WR Vinny Flury the next Gopher FB walk-on?

Wide receiver Vinny Flury of Lakeville (MN) High was expected to visit Division II Truman State this past weekend. However, Flury, a 5-9, 175-pounder, who helped lead the Panthers to a 14-0 mark and the Class 5A championship, did not make the trip due to being ill. He does not plan to re-schedule the visit and Flury told GoldenSports.Net that walking-on at Minnesota has become a very strong possibility.

The Gopher coaches called Flury on signing day last Wednesday and they have been in contact with Lakeville head coach Larry Thompson.


"They've been talking to Coach more than me."


Flury said that he will likely visit the campus soon.


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 was named the Old Spice Red Zone Minnesota Player of the Year last week.


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, two rushing touchdowns and one punt return for a score. He also led the state in receptions as a junior with 60 grabs.


Minnesota assistant coach Vic Adamle had visited Lakeville High in December to visit with Flury and teammate and close friend Brylee Callender


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. Currier signed 15 players on signing day, including 5-10, 170-pound wide receiver Michael Patenode from Princeton (MN) High.


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 in the state playoffs. 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. 


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.

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