Kansas RB commits to Northern Illinois

It's usually a good sign when a recruit wants his parents to accompany him on a visit - as the Northern Illinois Huskies discovered this weekend.

Kendall Short, a bruising 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back from Shawnee (KS) Mill Valley, brought his parents with him on an unofficial visit to the campus late last week as he planned to participate in a pair of camps.

Immediately, Short felt the love.

"They treated me like royalty," he said, of the Huskies coaching staff. "They all recognized me and knew me from the Junior Day (he previous attended), so they all checked up on us and greeted my family. It was nice."

Heading into the weekend, Short had an idea he might commit. He'd been excited about Northern Illinois since they offer him in late April, and he simply felt comfortable with the entire situation.

During the visit, he discovered his parents felt the same.

"My mom felt comfortable," Short said. "Out of the places we'd been, she felt like that was the place for me. My dad, he also felt comfortable because he knows a lot of people in the area that can keep an eye on me."

Mid-way through Friday's camp, he made up his mind. A strong camp performance Thursday and 20 minutes chatting with his father and Head Coach Dave Doeren sealed the deal.

So once Friday's session ended, he asked tailbacks coach Mike Uremovich where he might be able to find Doeren, and the assistant led him right to the head man's office, where Short promptly delivered the good news. He wanted to be a Huskie.

"He got a big smile on his face and said 'We're excited, we want to coach you,'" Short recalled. "As a coaching staff, they think I can fit into their system real well, and I agree."

Excited about the decision, he's glad to have the recruiting process behind him and prepare for a big senior year.

"It's a big weight lifted off my shoulders," Short said. "So I can just focus on school ball and having fun."

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