“It was a tough loss,” Flannigan said. “But Arizona never gave up and they could have easily won that game. It was there for them. It doesn’t always work, but with the way they played it just makes me even more excited to be a Wildcat.”
It wasn’t solely the on field action that impressed Flannigan.
“Oh, the fans were great," he said. "I could tell early on there was a different vibe going on and the fans did everything they could. The guys played off of that. It was easy to tell.”
Flannigan was ruled ineligible to play his senior season at Mountain View, but that hasn’t stopped him from looking to the future.
“Things didn’t go as planned, but now I plan on enrolling early at the University of Arizona," he said. "So in a weird way, everything is working out okay.
"I just have to finish two classes and then I will be able to enroll in January and go through spring ball and stuff like that.”
The Arizona coaches are rightfully excited about Flannigan arriving on campus sooner rather than later.
“I think I can go in there and hang from day one," Flannigan said. "I’m a bigger guy and I have length and strength that can help me play different positions. A lot of Tucson kids have had success under Coach Rodriguez and I hope to be the next one.
“I’m not sure how they plan on using me when I get there, but the coaches talk with me all the time and let me know that they can’t wait for me to become a Wildcat.”