Lawrence High two-sport standout Garrett Attig signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play football and pole vault for Southern Illinois.
"Football and track are important to me," said Attig, a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder. "I like the impact of football. It's just fun. It's more of a team sport."
Attig chose the Carbondale, Ill., college over Ball State.
"It was a tough decision, but I felt Southern Illinois had the better track program," said Attig, who has relatives living near Southern Illinois.
Attig has placed among the top six in the pole vault at three consecutive state meets. He won last year's pole vault with a 15-6 mark. Last weekend, Attig won the Kansas Relays with a 15-0 mark.
Attig had the opportunity to compete next year in track at Kansas University, where his father, Rick, coaches the pole vault. But playing football and vaulting influenced Attig's decision.
"I could have walked on for football (at KU), but I doubt if I would have played any," he said.
His senior season in football, Attig had 155 carries for 796 yards (5.1 yards a carry) and 15 touchdowns for the 11-1 and state champion Lions. He also had four receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown and earned second-team all-Sunflower League honors.
"I think I'll red-shirt the first year in football," Attig said.