St. Thomas More (Lafayette, La.) all-purpose star Matt Flores added a new FCS offer…
Flores Shifts Focus
During his career, Matt Flores scored a touchdown in every conceivable fashion for St. Thomas More, the venerable Catholic institution in Lafayette. The senior played quarterback, running back, receiver and returned kicks over the past four years for head coach Jim Hightower. With Flores spearheading the charge, the Cougars reached the 2010 5A semifinals and the 2011 4A quarterfinals. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder rushed for close to 700 yards this fall and added approximately 700 more receiving. As a junior, Flores spent much of the time at quarterback while Brandon Bergeron learned the ropes. This year, Flores primarily moved to his more natural RB/WR spot, although he did take snaps at the Wildcat position. Last week, the hard-charging senior ran for 41 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 79 yards and another score in STM's 35-31 loss to Edna Karr. "The season didn't end like we hoped for but it was a great season," said Flores. "We fell short but it was a great year with no regrets. We came together as a team." Flores recently visited Southern Miss and ULM and is being courted by several other programs. Prior to the start of his senior year, Southern offered a scholarship. "Northwestern State is coming to STM on Thursday," he stated. "Coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto said he's going to do whatever it takes to get me there. Coach (Tim) Leger (former STM assistant) has been inviting me to McNeese State games all year. They're re-evaluating their recruiting board and have kept in touch. They've shown interest all season. "ULM asked me to come up for a game and I did that three weeks ago. I like it up there; it's really nice. They have a nice campus, a young team, and have a good program going." Flores has an ideal attitude for playing on the next level. "To be honest, it doesn't matter," he responded when asked about which schools he would like to hear from. "I just want the opportunity to play college football." Over the past two years, St. Thomas More only lost three games: to eventual state champ Acadiana in the 2010 5A semis and to Karr and Breaux Bridge this season.
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