2015 OLB Simba Short: 'Cats in "good shape"

2015 outside linebacker Simba Short of Concord (Calif.) says the Wildcats are in strong position.

This weekend, Northwestern landed two linebackers. Nathan Fox and Tommy Vitale joined the Wildcats' recruiting push—becoming the first commits of the class.

With a strong linebacker focus this cycle, there's space for another. That guy is Concord (Calif.) De La Salle prospect Simba Short. The three-star recruit spoke to PurpleWildcats.com on Sunday about his NU interest.

"It's good to know that I can trust the coaching staff," Short said. "I've built some great relationships with them."

The process began early. NU's strength lies in identifying players it can work well with. On the first day of the open period for sophomore recruits, a coach followed him on Twitter. They exchanged messages. It went from there.

Short is focused on attending an academically oriented school. That shows in his recruitment. He listed Northwestern and Princeton as two of the favorites and also holds offers from Arizona State, Utah and Yale.

Even better, the California native visited NU in January—and was undaunted by the cold: "I expected it to be worse." For him, most important was checking out the football facilities—which could actually distinguish the school.

"The new one on the way—just seeing where it's going to be—that was really cool to me," Short said.

The main storyline here is how NU approaches his recruitment. There's only one LB spot remaining—barring a crazy blitz for this class—and they have other targets at the position.

The Wildcats are recruiting four-star guys Tyriq Thompson and Darrin Kirkland. They could potentially tell Short there's only one spot, and try to land an early commitment. They could also wait and see how the process unfolds.

Regardless, the spot is his if he wants it. NU has staged a strong recruitment so far, and the momentum could continue with another pledge.

"I think they're doing a good job to be honest," Short said. "They're taking care of me. They're in pretty good shape."

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