Millard North quarterback Ethan Morrison is going to walk on at Kansas.

He's not sure if he'll be a preferred walk-on but will find out in a few days.

"It depends on who signed today and how many spots they have left,'' he said. "In talking to Coach (Fred) Petito and talking to coaches at KU, they really liked my film and said I have a really good shot. I have a chance, and that's all I'm asking for.''

Morrison will join his brother, Andrew, a senior at Kansas.

Ethan plans to major in construction management, which wasn't available with many of the smaller schools that offered scholarships.

"I wanted to focus on the academic side,'' he said. "I thought a bigger college would be a better option.''

Academics help sway Titan

Papillion-La Vista South running back Triston Fairchild started sending out emails to schools the summer between his sophomore and junior years.

"Pretty much everyone in the country," he said. "I just needed to get my name out with coaches."

It paid off. He got several offers, including from Division I schools. Some programs were interested in him as a preferred walk-on.

He made his decision a few weeks ago, choosing Colgate.

Academics and athletics go hand in hand there, he said. Fairchild has a 3.6 GPA. He rushed for 1,450 yards and 17 touchdowns in the fall.

"They are a really good academic school," he said. "They made it to the final eight in the (FCS) playoffs. It's a good combination of both."

Southeast pitcher picks NU

Connor Curry has been going to Nebraska baseball games for a long time.

So it was natural for the Lincoln Southeast pitcher and first baseman to pick the Huskers.

"It's a great program, and I just can't wait to be a part of it," he said. "They have great coaches."

Curry, a lefty with a 1.75 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 44 innings, also had interest from Wichita State.

He hopes to play as a freshman.

Mizzou lands Elkhorn diver

Elkhorn diver Will Gottsch likes the blue-collar atmosphere at Missouri.

"Put your jeans on and get to work," he said.

Gottsch picked the Tigers over Indiana, Arizona, Auburn, Wisconsin and Michigan. After visiting all of them, he narrowed his choice to Indiana and Missouri, but said the Tigers were a better fit. Columbia is closer, he liked the academics and he knew more people there.

Tiger coaches liked him, too, because he had the right personality and work ethic.

Gottsch, who is strongest in platform diving, has finished in the top five all three years at state. He has bigger goals for his final season.

Gottsch was an All-American as a junior. His twin sister, Anna, is headed to Nebraska Wesleyan to play volleyball.

— Marjie Ducey

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