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Extra hours pay off for Lynam

Nevada became Clayton Lynam's first offer in September. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Nevada became Clayton Lynam's first offer in September. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

It was a moment of pure euphoria for St. Francis junior outside linebacker/defensive end Clayton Lynam.

Nevada assistant/safeties coach Ronnie Wheat, formerly a lead defensive analyst for LSU when it won a national title this past season, reached out to Lynam and began what was an authentic conversation between the two individuals.

Lynam would then be offered by the Wolfpack on Sept. 22, marking his first official offer to play at the next level.

“I ran into my parents room, and they were all jumping up and down, so that’s kind of what I expected,” Lynam said. “I was ready for that moment.”

With that offer, recruiting has only picked up for Lynam despite the unique circumstances regarding COVID-19, which has impacted the process for many student-athletes across the country – particularly in California, where the season has been pushed back to January.

Cal and Oregon have both been on the phone with Lynam. San Diego State has reached out via social media.

But Lynam, who recorded 30 tackles and 12 quarterback hurries while deflecting four passes as a sophomore, is always working for more and is not satisfied with what he has accomplished.

The defensive stalwart consistently watches film on a daily basis.

“I would say almost every night before bed,” Lynam said. “My coaches are great, and they mark what I need to improve on. And I look at those comments and I see what I can work on and then look at my film today.”

During this offseason, the results from the extra hours have paid increasing dividends, as Lynam said he has improved in nearly every area of his game before practice rolls around in less than two months.

“I’ve worked mostly on getting stronger, faster, better balance, more agile and overall a better and smarter player I would say.”

What Lynam really wants to do is continue pushing and get the opportunities others in his family were not quite able to obtain.

Both of his older brothers saw their football careers derailed by injuries, and Lynam is embracing every opportunity presented to him while hoping to provide for those around him.

“I would say looking at my dad for sure,” Lynam said. “He’s my biggest motivation, and then both of my older brothers. Injuries kind of stopped them from playing football, so I really want to be that success to make my dad proud, to make myself proud.”

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