Elkhorn South senior Isaac Zatechka is one of the top uncommitted in-state football players. It’s likely not changing prior to next week’s early signing day.
“I’m not planning on signing in the early signing period,” the 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman said. “I’m in heavy contact with Nebraska, K-State and Missouri.”
Missouri offered Zatechka as a preferred walk-on Monday night. The Missouri option could be very intriguing for Zatechka. His sister Estella, a junior at Elkhorn South, is committed to play volleyball for the Tigers.
FCS Montana State offered Zatechka earlier this year as did Ivy League schools Dartmouth and Cornell. Division II power Northwest Missouri State extended an offer in late September.
“Right now I would say Montana State is my number one school,” he said. “It is also 14 hours away.”
Like others in the 2021 class, Zatechka is in a bit of a scholarship numbers crunch.
“No one knows what their numbers are going to be so I’m just in a waiting pattern,” he said. “I have calls weekly with coaches and a lot won’t know until the season is over.”
The NCAA has given collegiate seniors the option to return for another season. Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas State have told him they need to see just how many seniors they will have back for the 2021 season.
Nebraska’s Scott Frost is in weekly contact with Zatechka and the relationship is a good one.
“He (Frost) said he wants to keep me in-state,” he said. “I think he knows I’m not going to walk-on and that’s not what I’m looking for.”