With his season opener just a few days away, Deer Park, Texas, quarterback Austin Flynn, the No. 3 ranked quarterback in the state of Texas, is raring to get the season started and is already contemplating choosing a college.
"It's been a long summer," Flynn said. "It's all just leading up to Saturday night."
That's when Flynn leads the Deer into action against Klein in a special Astrodome match-up.
For Flynn, unlike so many other high school athletes, his senior season in high school will not be his last one on the gridiron. Instead, he will have the opportunity to take his talents to the next level. The young right-hander passed for approximately 1,050 yards and rushed for another 450 in seven games as a junior.
That effort, combined with his good size, arm strength and accuracy, have placed him as the state of Texas' No. 3-ranked quarterback, behind only nationally-rated quarterbacks Reggie McNeal of Lufkin and Vincent Young of Houston Madison.
It also means that college coaches have taken notice. And one school currently stands above the rest.
"If I were to commit today, it would be to Iowa State," Flynn said. "They are easily my No. 1 choice."
While Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Arkansas and Houston are also in the mix, the Cyclones are the favorite for several key reasons.
"They didn't sign a high school quarterback last season," he said. "So if I go in there, there won't be a guy a year older than than me already waiting in the wings. Also, their receivers coach e-mails me all the time, and I think that that's pretty cool."
Although he favors the Cyclones, he doesn't plan on making a final decision until after his official visits. Flynn says he will likely make his official visit to Ames in early December. He is also looking at visiting West Virginia on Nov. 23. Both of the schools have extended scholarship offers.