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FOOTBALL: Southington’s Flynn heading to UConn as preferred walk-on

FOOTBALL: Southington’s Flynn heading to UConn as preferred walk-on

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SOUTHINGTON — Make it a trio of Southington Blue Knights on the UConn football roster. Standout wide receiver Jacob Flynn is the latest to choose the Division I Huskies for his next tour of gridiron duty.

“I’m really excited,” Flynn said Tuesday evening. “Growing up, I’ve been a fan of UConn for a while. I thought it would be a great opportunity and be able to compete and play football at a high level.”

Flynn is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver. He will enter coach Randy Edsall’s program as a preferred walk-on.

Last fall, Flynn reeled in a team-high 11 touchdown receptions as Southington averaged 35 points per game in going 10-0 in the regular season and returning to the Class LL state playoffs.

In all, Flynn caught 44 passes for 816 yards. His performance earned him All-Record-Journal, All-CCC and All-State Class LL honors.

In Storrs, Flynn will join forrmer Southington players Tim O’Shea and Jay Rose on the UConn roster. O’Shea recently announced his transfer to UConn from Wagner. Both O’Shea and Rose are tight ends.

“I started looking at a bunch of different schools, mostly Division I-AA and Division II,” Flynn said. “I got a text from a coach at UConn and I was kind of surprised at first. I wasn’t expecting it. But I went to UConn for a visit. I liked their facilities and how they ran their practice. I thought going to UConn would be a good opportunity and experience for me.

“It’s up there for one of my top accomplishments,” Flynn added. “It’s a big D-I program. I think it will be cool to be a part of.”

Flynn said having three Southington players on the UConn roster reflects well on the Southington program.

“It shows all of the hard work and effort we put in every day,” Flynn said. “All of our coaches do a great job coaching us up every day in practice. We are a hard-working group and we like to compete.”

Flynn, 18, played four years of basketball and football at Southington High. He was a starting wideout for the last year and a half.

“I think it’s great he’s going to UConn,” Southington football coach MIke Drury said. “We’re excited for him that he’s put himself in this position. He really came out this year as a big play-maker.  It’s a great opportunity for him. He’s still training with us getting himself ready. He’s a great talent and he’s only going to get better. His best days on the football field are ahead of him.”

His parents are Mike and Ann Flynn. He has a younger brother, John, and older sister, Gabriella.