Flores has favorites, waiting for offers

TE/DE prospect may receive good news this week

Brandon Flores has five favorites in mind but he is waiting to receive his first concrete scholarship offer. Flores hopes to take official visits to his chosen targets—Maryland, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Purdue—after his prep season ends on Thanksgiving Day.

"I've just been told that schools are very interested and they would like me to go to their schools but I haven't been fully offered a scholarship yet," Flores said.

He has sent film to his five favorites and is awaiting word on a possible offer.

"I visited UConn [unofficially] a couple times, I'm just waiting for most other schools to call me back and evaluate me," Flores said.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end/defensive end from Enfield, Conn., (Fermi High School), said that he expects "two or three" of his suitors to call either Thursday or Friday with an evaluation and, possibly, a scholarship offer.

Two schools in particular appear close to offering: Connecticut and Wisconsin.

"I think the [Connecticut] coach is going to offer me," Flores said. "I sent him another tape. He said this is it. So he is going to watch this one and let me know."

Flores was not sure how to define his status in Wisconsin's eyes.

"I don't know how you want to put it. The Wisconsin offensive coordinator [Brian White] was really interested in me, he was like, ‘I really want you to come to our school. We saw tape of you and we'd really like you to play for us,'" Flores said. "He said he saw a tape of me but he wants to see a tape of me this year and after they evaluate me, he is pretty sure he is going to end up giving me a scholarship."

Fermi, meanwhile, has struggled to a 0-5-1 record this season.

"Individually [my high school season] is going excellent but team-wise we are not doing too well. And that's all that really matters," Flores said.

Flores estimated that he has about 20 catches for 550 yards and five touchdowns offensively, and 35 tackles and 3 sacks defensively.

Currently, Flores' only unofficial visits were the two trips to UConn, a mere 20-minute drive from his home. He hopes to take all five official visits and then decide between the teams that have offered him a scholarship.

"They are pretty even," he said. "I'm just working hard right now just to be able to make it to college football. I'm really looking forward to it. It's something I've always wanted to do."

Wisconsin and Notre Dame are recruiting Flores as a tight end; Purdue would like him to play defensive end; Maryland and Connecticut want to evaluate him at both positions, Flores said.

Flores said he likes the caliber of football played at all five schools.

"UConn's my state school," he added. "One of my best friends [freshman defensive tackle Jack Griffin] plays at Maryland and I think they're an up-and-coming school. They are going to be real tough to beat in years to come. Same thing with UConn, they are up and coming. Purdue, just all around tradition and same thing with Notre Dame and Wisconsin."

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