Shortell Flying Under the Radar

When Max Shortell stepped onto the field at Texas Christian University prior to the EA Sports Elite 11 Camp two weeks ago, Scott Kennedy probably wasn't alone in thinking the Bishop Miege (KS) High School product looked more like a linebacker than a quarterback.

That's what happens when one stands 6-foot-4 and weighs in at almost 220 pounds. Of course, that perception lasted until precisely the moment Shortell threw his first pass.

In a camp filled with more than 90 of the top signal callers from the midwest region – including Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas – Shortell went throw-for-throw with the best of the best. No small accomplishment, when one considers that Top 150 prospects Kiehl Frazier, Oklahoma State commit J.W. Walsh and Oklahoma commit Kendal Thompson were in attendance.

"As far as being under the radar, Shortell had a great camp," said Greg Powers, Midlands Recruiting Manager. "Especially to be able to get his name out there on that type of scene, the national scene where he's throwing again that type of competition."

One might expect a player with his resume – which includes ideal size, a quick release, polished footwork and a powerful arm, as well as a Kansas Class 4A State Championship – to have Division One scholarship offers piling up on the kitchen table.

Unfortunately, for Shortell that has yet to be the case.

"Yeah, it's frustrating me pretty good," the junior said, of the lack of a D-1 offer. "All it does is just make me want to work harder, to get better at what I'm doing. And that's what I have been doing."

When the 2009 season came to its successful conclusion for the Stags, Shortell hit the weight room – and the big redhead's body responded. Weighing just 188 pounds prior to the training, he's managed to pack on an additional 25 in the off-season to date. The result is a frame that Powers described as "ready to take a college pounding."

Having already visited the University of Kansas and Kansas State University unofficially, Shortell has also had varying levels of contact with the likes of Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin and Boston College.

Turning in camp performances like the one in Fort Worth should absolutely help bring extra attention his way, Powers said. Shortell just has to be seen by the right coaches with the right offensive system to fit his talents.

"There's no question in my mind he's got a D-1 level arm, D-1 level size and plays at a high level at high school," he explained.

Shortell was understandably pleased with the way he performed in front of the gathered scouts and coaches at the Elite 11 event. For now, he said, he's just going to keep doing what he's doing, and trust that his abilities will continue to speak for themselves.

After all, he understands there's still a long way to go before pens hit paper on National Signing Day 2011.

"All these guys had multiple scholarship offers," Shortell said, of his peers at the event. "They had lists. And I was told I was throwing with the best of them, so that's good news."

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