Traveling to Ames for the first summer padded camp, West Des Moines Dowling tight end Trent Flander…
"Shockey" Impressive At Camp
Flander, 6-4 and 230 pounds, put on quite a show at the UM camp on Sunday and Monday.
"The camp was sweet," he said. "It's everything I expected it to be. I knew going in there would be a lot of great athletes and I just wanted to hold my own. I think I did that."
Flander said the one player who caught his eye the most this weekend was Ricky Jean-Francois.
"The linebacker from Carol City was unbelievable," he said. "He was huge, strong, fast. He was really sweet. I had a fun time going up against him."
Flander, who also plays varsity basketball, first became interested in UM when Art Kehoe stopped by his school this spring.
"Coach Kehoe came by the school and that's really weird," he said. "A Miami coach in Iowa doesn't happen too often. He said they were real interested and said they hope I can come to camp. I gave it a shot and it turned out for the best."
The talented tight end had a chance to work with UM coach Mario Cristobal for two days.
"I really liked him, the way he worked," he said. "I'd really enjoy playing for him someday. I asked him about getting a scholarship and he said I have a very good chance after the performance I had. I'll just wait and see what happens now."
Flander, who also plays defensive end, finished last season with 12 catches for 215 yards and four touchdowns in a run-oriented offense. Now he's one of the best tight end prospects out there.
"I just work hard and try to make plays," he said. "I run pretty well for my size. I was 230 at Kansas today and I can usually run in the 4.7 range. That helps me a lot."
Flander, a full academic qualifier, is currently on a busy summer trip.
"I actually was at Iowa's camp on Saturday and then I flew right to Miami after," he said. "Now today I was at the camp at Kansas. I'm taking the night session off to get my legs back."
After getting an early offer from Iowa State, the interst is really heating up for the rising senior.
"Miami's real interested, Oklahoma, Penn State told me they're thinking about offering and they want to see me at their camp on the 25th," he said. "Kansas is pretty interested, Nebraska."
All of those programs were in contact with Flander during the spring and now he's trying to prove to them that he's one of the nation's top tight end prospects. His performance at UM this past weekend certainly helped prove that.
Jean-Francois talked about Flander as a tough opponent.
"The tight end they called Shockey was good," he said. "He was big and could catch. He gave me some good competition. I think he could be really good in college."
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