Just because Boston College has about two-dozen or so new faces doesn’t mean they gave out two-dozen scholarships. BC hasn’t been afraid to bring walk-ons aboard in the past, and in the case of Steve Flynn, they didn’t have to go far to get him.
Flynn comes from Worcester and was a three-sport athlete at St. Peter-Marian Central Catholic High School. Football is obviously the one with which we’re most concerned, and in that, he had a very good 2011 season for the Guardians. Flynn had approximately 2200 passing yards and 15 touchdowns last year. (But his baseball stats were even better, as he pitched to an 0.91 ERA and hit over .400; maybe Mike Gambino should see if he’s busy from February to May.) Finally, Flynn played some defensive end, where he recorded 8.5 sacks.
This young player’s got the height for the position at 6-4, but his old coach raved about his arm strength and how multi-talented he is. Despite this, Boston College was not prepared to offer him a scholarship, but Flynn decided to forgo a year of exile in post-graduate prep school and take his chances as a “preferred walk-on.”
The good news for Flynn is that he can play several positions, though BC has him listed at quarterback. There is a depth chart backup at this position, so with half a dozen guys in front of him, there’s next to no chance Flynn will see the field in that capacity. He may become useful to the team in other places, and if his hard work pays off, he just might get that scholarship he seeks eventually.