Nebraska signee Michael Lynn (right) poses with his older brother JC (left), mother Yan Zheng and a Cherry Creek coach.
Here’s where Lynn’s a little bit different from the rest of his classmates, though. While he did that, his 23-year-old brother KC took some business meetings in town about potential real estate deals.
“It’s a six-unit apartment complex and most of the units are studios, there are a couple of one-bedrooms and I think there’s a two-bedroom,” Michael Lynn said this week. “That’s the only property I have right now. We’re leasing it out already. It’s pretty cool to be investing in real estate at such a young age and I have such a good head start into hopefully what will be my source of income later on in the future and I’ll be able to grow and be successful off of that.”
“We have a management company out there right now,” he said, explaining the process of finding a reputable company when he’s never actually set foot in New Hampshire. “We had to remodel the whole place, change everything, gut it out. Basically it’s been a pretty time-consuming process with it. We’re coming up on pretty close to a year of having it now, and we just started leasing out the properties about two months ago. It’s been a lot of issues.”
“Michael is a very driven individual. He’s very ambitions, very hungry,” said KC, a University of Colorado graduate whose day job is working for RE/MAX Northwest in the Denver area. “I’m very detail-oriented and just as driven. Michael just has the drive to go for deals and look at properties. He loves just going out and just being a part of it, where as I love to just crunch numbers all day long. I graduated as an engineer, so numbers are kind of my thing. I think he does the more deal-driven side and I’m more the analytical side and I think that makes us a good team.”
“It’s been great for me because it’s taught me how to budget my expenses and basically grow up. It’s just something that I really thank her for,” said Michael, who reports to NU on May 25. “I’m going to be honest: it was pretty lonely at first. I moved there the summer right after middle school and at that age everyone is still pretty young. I didn’t have a lot of friends, but I knew I was there for a purpose, and my purpose was to play football and be a difference maker on the football team. I had to put my emotions aside and really perform if I wanted to succeed.
Nebraska coach Scott Frost marveled on National Signing Day about the unique path his new offensive lineman took through high school, saying, “He’s a special kid. Talking to him you feel like you’re talking to a 30 year old. … Just kind of a different kind of kid. I can’t wait to get him here and he’s got a maturity that I think is rare.”
Indeed, Lynn’s adjustment to college will be different than most. He’ll have roommates for a change and he’ll have to adjust from a queen-sized bed to something “much smaller,” he said with a laugh. He also already knows what he wants to do whenever his football career ends. Not only that, but he’s already doing it with his brother.