Monday, May 20, 2013
Texas impressing ATH Kevin Shorter
By Max Olson
AUSTIN, Texas -- There was no way Kevin Shorter was going to be a well-kept secret for long.
Especially not after the statistics the Newton (Texas) athlete put up in 2012. His monster junior season has yielded an impressive number of offers this spring. The whole thing is becoming a bit more than he could have imagined.
Class of 2014 athlete Kevin Shorter is being pursued hardest by Texas A&M.
“This spring is getting crazy,” Shorter said. “I’ve got, like, 25 offers now.”
Texas was one of the latest to join that list. The 6-foot, 188-pound running back made his way down to Austin last weekend for the state track meet and made sure to meet with the Longhorns coaching staff several times while in town.
Though he was under the impression he already had an offer going into the visit, Shorter said there was no confusion when he chatted with running backs coach Larry Porter.
“Coach Porter broke it down for me. They have offered. For sure,” Shorter said. “I’ve been telling people, but they don’t believe me. I’ve got an offer and it feels great.”
With only three scholarship running backs on the 2013 roster and one prospect – four-star Donald Catalon (Houston/Eisenhower) – committed for this class, Shorter is one of the many targets on Texas’ radar at a legitimate position of need.
That was certainly emphasized during Shorter’s chats with the coaching staff. They need backs, and they like him.
“They’re trying to get three in this class,” he said. “Their scheme is really good for me. The backs they have can’t get out and run routes the way I can.”
That’s not all Shorter can do. As a junior, he rushed for more than 1,800 yards and 31 touchdowns on a whopping 12 yards per carry, caught 15 passes for 315 yards and four more scores and also picked off three passes to go with 58 tackles as a safety.
The versatility doesn’t stop there. While in Austin, Shorter won silver in the Class 2A long jump at state with a leap of 22 feet, 11 3/4 inches.
Now he’s getting back to focusing on his recruitment, and there might not be another East Texas standout with more offers than Shorter. That’s giving him a lot to think about.
Shorter stopped by to meet with Texas’ staff before the meet began and was wowed by the tour of the Longhorns’ facilities.
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“They showed me around on Thursday and showed me the weight room, locker room, all that stuff,” Shorter said. “I’ve only visited A&M, LSU and Baylor so far. Texas’ stuff is better. Everything is new. The whole thing impressed me.”
What sets Shorter apart from the six other uncommitted backs Texas has offered? It could be his knack for being a difference-maker in the passing game.
“Coach Porter said I fit good,” Shorter said. “He was mainly talking about how I can get out at receiver and run routes.”
Texas A&M might be recruiting Shorter the hardest of the schools on his long list, and he hears from the Aggies on a daily basis.
LSU, A&M and Texas all appear to be near the top of his list. Though there was a time when Shorter had the Tigers on top, he’s starting to think he might stay in-state now.
Will this come down to Texas vs. Texas A&M?
“Probably so,” Shorter said. “I’ll probably narrow it down during the summer. I’ll do some official visits before deciding.”
Shorter will be back in Austin in June for the Longhorns’ summer camp and said he also hopes to visit Arkansas this summer.