Deciding where to play college football is a challenging, exciting time, but there’s almost always indecision throughout the process.
After touring the U.S. Naval Academy, Chandler linebacker Brayden Flynn didn’t waffle, waver or have second thoughts. He committed on the spot to the school he knew fit best.
“It was a huge honor for me to be offered by Navy,” Flynn said. “What they had to offer was impossible to turn down.”
The values instilled in Flynn from a young age influenced this decision. He said his father, Galen, a veteran of the Marine Corps, was one of his biggest mentors.
“Anytime I need advice, my dad is always there for me,” Flynn said. “He’s always taught me to do the right thing, even when nobody was looking.”
Military service is a family affair for the Flynns. Brayden’s two uncles served in the Navy and Air Force, respectively.
But it was his grandfather, who recently passed away, that left the greatest impact on his attitude and outlook on life.
“I’ve never had a bond like that with someone in my life,” Flynn said. “He raised me to be like my dad, and it’s hard to describe just how much he meant to me.”
Flynn, who led 6A in sacks last season at Hamilton, will finish his high school career at Chandler before making his way to Annapolis. Family played a big role in his decision, but the fit goes beyond the Flynn family’s military ties.
Navy runs a 3-4 defensive scheme and frequently blitzes the outside linebacker. Aggressive players like Flynn can thrive in that kind of system. His ability to…
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