HANNIBAL | Graduating Hannibal senior Mark Flores signed a letter of intent to attend and play football at Beloit College in Wisconsin on Thursday.
Flores attended the signing at Porter Stadium with his family and football coaches from Hannibal High School.
“I'm super excited for him, he's a hard worker and a good football player,” said Hannibal athletic director Clint Graham. “Excited to see what the future holds for him on the football field.”
At Beloit College, Flores will major in education and hopes to become a teacher and coach someday.
“I like leading kids and I like setting examples for people,” Flores said. “I just want to be someone that somebody can look up to.”
During Flores' high school career at Hannibal, he played offensive line and tight end. During his senior season, he was named an All-Conference offensive lineman.
When Flores suits up for Beloit College, he will play defensive end since their coaching staff thought he would excel at the position due to the way he moved on film.
Flores said he chose Beloit College because it is a smaller school and there would be better opportunity for playing time there.
“I would just like to play as much as I can, rather if that means start or come in as a role player,” Flores said. “I've done it all. I've just embraced whatever I've been given and worked to better myself and better my opportunities.”
Last season, the Beloit Buccaneers finished 1-9, and Flores will play under the leadership of Beloit head coach Ted Soenksen.
During his time at Hannibal High School, Flores learned a lot from the coaching staff, especially regarding his work ethic.
“All season it was just work, work, work,” Flores said. “It builds a great work ethic and great attitude towards (football). We just wanted to compete every game.”
Graham said he has a lot of great memories of Flores and all of the seniors that played at Hannibal.
“For Mark, it's just his love for the game and his dedication,” Graham said. “His commitment to being a Hannibal Pirate and wanting the best for his teammates. That's kind of what sticks out for me.”
During Flores' senior season in 2019, Hannibal finished second in its district with a 7-5 record.
Flores said the fourth game of last year's season against Mexico was his favorite moment in high school because he felt that game turned the season around.
“After we started out 0-3, we went into conference (play) and we just blew away Mexico,” Flores said. “That was the start of a good turnaround for the season, the start of something better.”