January 16, 2011

American Heritage (FL) athlete Andrew Flory commits

Central Michigan received some good news this afternoon when American Heritage (FL) athlete Andrew Flory made a verbal commitment on the last day of his official visit. The 6-foot and 180 pound Flory chose CMU over offers from Memphis, Tulane, Utah State and Tennessee State.

"I committed on the last night of my visit, I'm excited and proud to be attending CMU," added Flory. "I just really bonded with the players, they're all real cool and all the coaches are real cool also. The atmosphere is really good, and honestly, I just felt comfortable there and I went with my gut instinct."

And Flory was not the only person excited to hear about his commitment.

"Yeah they were ecstatic," added Flory about the CMU coaches reaction. "Coach (Dan) Enos came up to me and personally offered me to my face, and I just told him that I wanted to commit right after. They were all excited and all the coaches came up and gave me a hug afterward, it really felt like one big family."

As a senior Flory caught 24 passes for 500 yards and totaled 9 touchdowns. On defense he added 62 tackles, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble as a safety, and just for good measure he averaged 39.2 yards per punt as the team's punter and also was American Heritage's primary return man. At CMU he will be brought in as a wide receiver, but a move to the defensive backfield is also an option.

"The coaches know the primary position I want to play is wide receiver, but Coach Enos also talked to me about playing in the defensive secondary. I played all over the place as a senior, so I'm very versatile and I'm open to whatever helps the team. The plan is for me to start at receiver, and then Coach Enos will evaluate me and see if he likes how I play, but he mentioned the possibility of me playing defense."

Flory will also have a chance to have a close friend at CMU when his high school teammate, Marken Michel, takes his official visit to Central Michigan next weekend.

"Oh yeah, Marken is taking his visit next weekend, and playing together is something we definitely talked about. I've already talked to him after I committed and I plan on getting in his ear a little bit about becoming a Chippewa" added Flory.

But for now, Flory is reflecting on his decision to become a Chippewas and fielding phone calls his family as he awaits his plane ride back to Florida.

"It feels good to have it all over. All this waiting around and fielding phone calls all the time from coaches and everything, it feels good to have that done. But I talked to my parents and they're proud, and my whole family is proud, I've got phone calls from just about everyone in my family calling me and congratulating me," laughed Flory. "But I picked up a bunch of CMU gear for my family while I was visiting, so we'll be rocking some CMU swag down here."

Flory becomes the 19th commitment in the 2011 class for the Chippewas and the second commitment from Florida.

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