York, PA - Central York had seven left-footed players on its boys' soccer team this past season, but none can boast a Division I scholarship offer like Shawn Morrison.
A two-time all-state performer for the Panthers, Morrison verbally committed to Seton Hall on Wednesday. He will be the first Central York boys' player to join the Division I college ranks since Eric Detzel in 2007, but not the first in his family. Morrison's older sister and former Central York girls' player, Casey, signed with Boston College in 2011.
Shawn Morrison's decision came after decommitting from Memphis in the spring, partly because of its distance from home. He also considered Clemson, Richmond, West Virginia and James Madison.
Morrison finally found a home in Seton Hall, where he will major in business and have a chance to start at left back as a freshman.
"I'm naturally left footed, which is rare, so (Seton Hall coach Gerson Echeverry) told me he'd keep me on the left side," Morrison said, "and probably start left back."
The role could be similar to the one he plays on his club teams, such as Penn Fusion Soccer Academy in Downingtown. He played left back there but would rotate wherever Central York coach Frank Lenno needed him in his four years as a starter on the high school squad.
"He is most definitely the most technical I think in York County," Lenno said. "He can play pretty much every position on the field besides keeper."
Morrison said staying closer, geographically, was probably the biggest factor in his college choice. He considered travel expenses in visiting from Memphis and the fact his sister can rarely visit more than two or three times a year from Boston College.
Then there's the Big East dilemma. Seton Hall is one of seven schools leaving the conference with the intentions of forming their own basketball-centered league. Memphis is joining the Big East next year, but Morrison's decision to pull his commitment came well before that.
"When I committed earlier to Memphis, they were all excited about being in the Big East," he said. "Now that so many schools are in the ACC, we don't really know who the powerhouse conference is going to be. But I'm so excited."