The 6-foot-1, 161-pounder had shown a very impressive, strong kicking stroke in the Chicago Prep Bowl.
MSU was very happy when it appeared that Flaherty was going to accept their invitation to walk on and develop into a scholarship player.
Flaherty was 6-of-7 in field goal attempts his senior season(missing only from 54 yards) and 58 of 62 in conversions.
But according to Chris Sailer's kicking website, Flaherty has decided to opt instead to stay closer to his Chicago home and accept an offer to be a preferred walk-on for the Wildcats.
MSU has fifth year senior Todd Boleski, who's likely to handle kickoffs and long field goal attempts and junior Brett Swenson as its primary field goal kicker. MSU no doubt, felt that Flaherty might develop into a scholarship player with the graduation of Boleski and senior walk-on Matt Haughey.
The last minute decision to bolt by Flaherty will leave MSU with only one kicker on the roster for next season and likely make the position a point of emphasis for Spartan recruiters this spring and fall.
Thanks to TimD1 who tipped off GSN to this story.