In November, Gretna junior Zane Flores led the Dragons to a Class A State Championship passing for 2,885 yards, 28 touchdowns and just over a 70% completion percentage during his junior season.
Monday, Flores announced he received his first not just Division I offer, but offer from any school, Bowling Green.
Power conference schools along with other Group of Five schools are interested. During the January evaluation period Flores had four (Minnesota, Kansas State, Wyoming, Missouri and Iowa State) schools make a visit to Gretna to watch him throw in person.
Northwestern was another school that visited Gretna before Christmas. He also took a game day visit to Evanston in October.
“Most of them said I had a great season and I threw awesome,” Flores said of the interest. “Basically they made their way around to evaluate quarterbacks and they said there would be more contact in March.”
Despite the gaudy numbers, ideal size (6-3, 195-pounds), the state championship and being a three year starter, Flores recruitment has been slow.
“There is only so much I can control myself,” he said of the slow recruitment.” I just hop back on the grind and control what I can control. We will see what happens with camps and more contact when evaluation periods open up.”
Flores took an unofficial visit to Missouri Jan. 29. His relationship with Missouri quarterback coach Bush Hamdan is one that is developing.
“It was pretty cool,” Flores said of his visit. “Their quarterback coach (Hamdan) said they really like me and they think I can play at that level and in their system. They still want to go through the evaluation process and that would extend to the spring.”
Flores camp schedule this spring and summer is to be determined.
“When the time comes to make those decisions we will see,” he said. “I am not sure yet but when I do decide it will be with the schools that are in contact with me the most and the schools that seem the most interested in me.”
In-state school Nebraska has a pretty full quarterback room at this point. Five scholarship quarterbacks; one freshman, two redshirt freshman, a sophomore and junior are in Lincoln. The odds of Nebraska taking another scholarship quarterback in the 2023 cycle aren’t great and Flores knows it.
“I haven’t really heard much from them (Nebraska),” he said. However, he was invited to a junior day at NU on March 5.
One thing about Flores is he will continue to hone his craft and take the feedback from schools to heart. Improving every aspect of his overall game is his focus this offseason.
“I am going to run track again this year,” he said. “So I am going to work on my speed and I want to put on a little size. I’m just trying to improve everything overall.”