Jane Els won't have much down time next fall.

Husband Ross will be the defensive coordinator at Purdue.

Daughter Taylor Els will be playing volleyball at Northern Colorado. Son Bo, Taylor's twin, will be playing football at Morningside.

The twins' mother "will probably be traveling a lot, trying to figure out if we play close to her," Bo Els said. "She'll watch online for sure if she can."

The twins, seniors at Lincoln Southwest, said it will be hard to split up.

They've relied on each other while following their dad to several states for jobs. He was at Nebraska with Bo Pelini.

"It's always been nice to have Taylor to go to school with," Bo Els said. "It will be a different experience for sure."

Taylor, a 5-foot-6 libero, said the pair found schools that fit. She also looked at Ohio and the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Bo considered Doane and Marian University in Indianapolis.

"When I visited Northern Colorado, I just felt like the school had everything I wanted," she said. "It felt comfortable. The coaches clicked with my personality. I just fell in love with the school, and I just knew that's where I'd be happy."

Bo said he likes what Morningside does on offense and the success the Mustangs have had the past few years. Though a quarterback, he'll play wide receiver in college.

He loved having his dad as a volunteer assistant at Southwest last fall.

Taylor, tongue-in-cheek, added: "We saw him a little more than we wanted to."

Coach sees kids of to college

Jacque Tevis-Butler isn't surprised to see so many players on her state champion Millard West soccer team headed to play in college.

After coaching many of them at different times since they were 5, along with her daughter Jordan, she knew they were a talented group.

"They had it when they were little," she said. "You could just tell. They just loved it."

Jaylin Bosak is headed to Creighton, Brenna Ochoa to Nebraska, Anna Gornell to Oral Roberts, Lindsey Jack to Wisconsin River Falls and Megan Merkel and Haley Mumm to UNK.

They helped the Wildcats finish 17-2 last spring and win their second state title. They also were state champions as freshmen.

Tevis-Butler had seven of her players in 2010 go on to play college soccer and they also won two titles. But this group is special because she's known them for so long. They're hard-working, devoted and driven.

And they could win another title this spring.

"They are like my little kids. It's been fun watching them grow up," she said. "I can't believe this day has come."

At Millard North, Maddy Henry signed with Marquette and Marisa Windingstad with Minnesota. Rachel Windingstad is headed to Wisconsin-River Falls.

Elkhorn South has two players going Division I — Cassie Legband to Creighton and Arianna Veland to Illinois.

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