Zur brothers to play at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
The graduating Miners will pursue engineering degrees
When the Park City High School football team takes the field this upcoming fall, it’ll do so without two of its key members.
Twin brothers Spencer and Collin Zur, who played quarterback and wide receiver, respectively, are graduating this year. Where they were going to college, however, was a mystery for a while.
After months of sifting through a number of college offers at the Division-2 and Division-3 levels, the Zur brothers decided to continue their academic and athletic careers at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
“I’m glad to finally know where I’m going to be, so I can best prepare myself for what’s ahead,” Spencer said.
His brother felt similar about making things official.
“Making the decision was exciting and it got rid of a lot of stress that has been overwhelming the past couple of months,” Collin said.
Though the twins were set on continuing their football careers at the collegiate level, they were drawn to the school for its academics, both said. They are planning on pursuing engineering degrees, while playing for the college’s football team.
On the field, however, the Zurs expect to stay in the same positions they held at Park City; Collin as a split wide receiver and Spencer at quarterback, although Spencer is open to a position change should the coaches think its best. The staff, along with the players already there, helped Spencer come to a conclusion.
“Mostly the atmosphere around the coaches and players,” Spencer said of what he liked about the program. “It was a lot of fun to be around and it made the decision a lot easier.”
As twin brothers who have played together for their entire lives, one would think they’d be a package deal when it comes to recruiting. However, that wasn’t the case.
“We both made the decision separately,” Spencer said. “Going to the same school wasn’t the highest priority. It just worked out that way.”
Collin is looking forward to the opportunity to sharing more time on the field with his brother, as well as making additional memories with him at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
“It would have been fine if we ended up at different schools, but I am glad that I will be able to continue playing with [Spencer],” Collin said.
The twins’ new school sits nearly 650 miles away from Park City, which is just far enough away to gain valuable experiences on their own, but close enough to where they can return to the community that shaped them into the students and players they are today.
Both expressed they will certainly miss their family and friends, but they’re grateful that they’ve been able to grow up in a place like Park City.
“I will definitely miss my friends and family, as well as the atmosphere provided in Park City,” Collin said. “I’ve been very fortunate to grow up here.”
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