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Flores still trying to decide

As signing day draws closer, one of the hottest stories remains where North Miami Beach record-setting quarterback Nico Flores will end up.

Flores, regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the state, has gone from Boston College and Mississippi State, which went hard after this quality football talent early on, to the University of Central Florida, Florida International University and Western Michigan, where the Chargers have sent their share of players over the years.

While many NMB players have competed for the Broncos, I have maintained that Flores, who is coached by one of the top players in North Miami Beach history, Jeff Bertani, who also played quarterback during his playing days, is one of the elite players and will be a game changer wherever he ends up.

After hearing all sides of the recruiting pitch from Bill Cubit and Western Michigan, Mario Cristobal of FIU and George O’Leary and UCF, it is decision time.

Sources close to NMB believes that Bertani, Flores and family members will weigh all options and come up with a decision as soon as Friday morning, which would give both schools a chance to make adjustments with four days left to national signing day.

The Broncos currently have impressive Tim Hiller (6-5, 228), who will be a senior, and Orlando Edgewater product Robert Arnheim (6-2, 195), who will be a sophomore, Drew Burdi (6-1, 200), who will be a junior, sophomore Alex Jagels (6-3, 210) and freshman Alex Carder (6-2, 210) on the roster.

UCF has Rob Calabrese (6-2, 215), who will be a sophomore, and Joe Weatherford (6-4, 200), who will be a sophomore on the roster.

FIU has senior Paul McCall (6-1, 198), and juniors Wayne Younger (6-3, 180) and Colt Anderson (6-4, 205). Wesley Carroll, who will be a junior, has transferred in from Mississippi State, but will have to sit out the 2009 season.

LARRY BLUSTEIN
Lblustein@miamiherald.com

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