West Des Moines, Iowa (Dowling Catholic HS)
The Particulars -- Second-team defensive all-state selection in Class 4A by the Des Moines Register ... third-team all-state offensive pick by the Iowa Newspaper Association ... 31 career receptions for 653 yards and seven touchdowns ... first-team all-conference defensive end, recovering four fumbles and making four sacks ... ranked among the top 30 tight ends nationally by Rivals ... also part of Rivals' Iowa Top Six ... SuperPrep all-Midlands team ... in Scout.com's top 25 tight ends nationally ... on Scout.com's Iowa Top 10 list ... top 40 tight end according to collegefootballnews.com ... nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... first-team all-conference tight end as a junior ... second-team all-conference tight end as a sophomore ... three-year starter at tight end and defensive end ... also served as long snapper ... coached by Matt Dillon ... three-year letterwinner in basketball ... honorable mention all-conference as a junior ... two-year starter, averaging 13 points and eight rebounds ... played for Martin Brothers AAU team ... lettered once in track.
Seals' scouting report – It's easy to see why he was the highest-ranked player at any position for this class. A game-breaker on offense that can stretch the field with his speed and is physical enough to break tackles and make receptions into big plays. Flander was also highly regarded as a defensive end, but will get his start at tight end for the Cyclones.
ISU offensive coordinator Barney Cotton on Flander – "He's a good player and played a lot on both sides of the ball. He plays with a lot of energy and is a big kid. Playing basketball he has probably lost about 20 pounds, but I like kids to be more than one-sport athletes. I think he's going to develop into a good player."
Short-term outlook – Figures to play some kind of role early in his career, and possibly as a true freshman. Flander will get a look as the third or fourth tight end in training camp, and is exactly the type of athlete Dan McCarney looks to fill his special teams with.