LSU offer excites Shorter

Following a productive junior campaign, Newton High School standout Kevin Shorter has seen his recruitment take off in recent weeks. Shorter recently took in the LSU campus and received the news he had been hoping for from the LSU coaching staff.

The recruiting process is just starting to heat up for three-star running back Kevin Shorter. It should come as no surprise that the 5-11 180 pound Shorter is starting to blow up after how he performed on the gridiron as a junior for Newton High School (TX). Shorter served as an all-purpose back for Newton, collecting 1,810 yards and 31 touchdowns on only 151 carries. He also caught 15 passes for 315 yards and five touchdowns for the Eagles in 2012.

That kind of production has resulted in the recruitment of Shorter taking off in recent weeks, with the talented back collecting an offer he was hoping for."

"The recruitment has been going great," said Shorter. "There have been a lot more schools coming through, with a lot of new offers. The most recent one was LSU, and I was pretty excited about that."

The offer from LSU came during a recent visit to the Baton Rouge campus to check out spring practice. Shorter explained that he was shown the full tour of the campus and the football program, in addition to the practice.

"The visit was great and the practice was great," said Shorter. "The best part was the academic center that they showed us. They just proved to me how easy it is to be successful in college. I got to see the field and the locker room and the rest of the campus was great."

"The practice was the second best part. I really liked the running back drills and what the offense was doing out there."

Following his tour of the LSU campus, Shorter got an opportunity to meet with the leader of the program. Although he was already expecting an offer from the Tigers, Shorter explained that it was still very exciting when he got the news.

"My heart started beating really fast when Les Miles told me that I was a great fit for their offense right before he offered me," said Shorter. "He said that they want me to come in and catch passes and be that smaller and more versatile back in their offense."

"He told me that there would only be one back ahead of me if I were to go there, and that was Jeremy Hill."

While he already had them on his short list of schools, Shorter explained that the LSU offer put the Tigers squarely in the running for his services.

"It moved them up on my list when they offered me," said Shorter. "My top three is LSU, Texas A&M, and Arkansas. They are all pretty much even at the top."

Coach Adam Henry has taken the lead in the recruitment of Shorter for LSU and made his presence known early.

"Coach Henry is my main recruiter and I have known him for a while," said Shorter. "He talks to me pretty often, like a couple of times a week when I call them. He's also really close with one of my high school coaches. It's a great relationship."

Another aspect of LSU that has caught the attention of Shorter is the new offense that will be run by Cam Cameron. The fact that Cameron has NFL experience also stands out to Shorter.

"It would be great to play for a guy like Cameron because he knows what it takes to get to the next level," said Shorter. "It definitely makes a difference and stands out to me that he is there now."

"I'd say their offense caught my attention because they run the ball a lot. This year they are going to run the ball to open up the passing game a lot."

Because he still has a couple of visits to take, Shorter expects to make a decision by the end of his senior season.

"All I have to do is check out Arkansas on April 13th," said Shorter. "I'm probably going to set up another date real soon to come back down to LSU as well. I plan on making my decision during the summer or after my senior year. I have to talk with my family, but that's what I ‘m leaning towards."

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