Shawn Morrison considers himself a "family guy."
Perhaps it's a trait that comes naturally when you're the youngest of six children.
And it's one that played a big role for the Central York High School soccer standout when it came to thinking about college choices.
"My family supports me through everything I do. So, being with them is important to me," Morrison said.
The Panthers' senior made those comments by phone Wednesday night while his brothers and sisters chatted in the background -- the family packed tightly in a car headed for a holiday vacation at Disney World.
Recently, Morrison verbally committed to play soccer at NCAA Division I Seton Hall next season. It's a decision that came months after de-committing from Memphis.
"I committed to Memphis but I felt like we rushed the process," Morrison said. "We decided to de-commit and find some place else to play."
In particular, one closer to home. Seton Hall, in South Orange, N.J., is about a three-hour drive from York, while the drive from York to Memphis takes about 15 hours.
"It also came down to academics. They were the school I liked the most and it's a place where I can go study business," he said.
The current conference situations with each school didn't play a factor, according to Morrison. Memphis is slated to join the Big East Conference next year while Seton Hall is one of seven schools departing the conference.
Morrison said he briefly looked into Boston College, where his older sister and former Central York girls' soccer standout, Casey, is currently playing.
"We visited BC one time and I talked to the men's coach there and they basically had already filled the position I was looking at," Morrison said.
A four-year starter for Central York, Morrison played nearly every position for Panthers' coach Frank Lenno.
"He played wherever we needed him to play," Lenno said. "I think in a Utopian world, the best fit for him would be at left back. That's his position, but obviously he can do other things."
Morrison tallied 10 goals and six assists in his senior season. A two-time York-Adams League all-star and two-time all-state selection, Morrison finished his Panthers' career with 19 goals and 19 assists.
Now, he's looking forward to the challenge of competing at the next level for the Pirates, who finished 6-12 this fall.
"I'll probably be playing left-defender or left-mid," Morrison said. "But when I talked to coach (Gerson Echeverry), he said if I want to start and play I have to earn it."
Either way, his family will likely be there to cheer him on.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.