Aaron Short is a well-journeyed JUCO wide receiver, whose last stop was at Sierra College, just outside of Sacramento. Prior to being a Wolverine, Short played at the College of San Mateo and prepped at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, California. While at San Mateo, he played alongside George Moore, who was a top priority offensive lineman last cycle before signing with Oregon. While at Sierra College, he only played in parts of 6 games as a knee injury derailed him mid-season. Despite missing half the season, he still managed to haul in 18 receptions for 257 yards, 7 of those receptions were good for scores. As a freshman at San Mateo, he accounted for 12 receptions, 1 for a score, and 187 yards while only playing in 6 games. He will have two years of eligibility remaining once he arrives in Corvallis this summer.
LEAD OSU RECRUITER:
Dave Baldwin – Area
Jason Phillips – Position
Brent Brennan – Position (Prior to leaving for SJSU)
Short pledged to OSU shortly after receiving his offer from them in early January. The 6’ 200 pounder took his official visit just after the dead period ended and it only solidified his commitment. While he didn’t have any other known offers at the time, programs such as Utah State, Marshall and Cal had all been in touch throughout his recruiting process.
WHY OREGON STATE:
“I chose Oregon State because of the environment and the coaching staff is great!”
Short is a burner with good size for an outside receiver… More of a glider than long strider, hits top speed and makes it look effortless… Has legit 4.4 speed… Works all 3 levels of the passing game well, underneath, intermediate and taking the lid off over the top… Film shows a reliance on speed to get open, could use work running crisper routes… Shows a willingness to block and be physical with defensive backs… Dynamite with the ball in his hands, could be used as a fly sweep motion type receiver as well as someone who will stretch the field…
Ben Noonan, Sierra Head Coach: (As told to OSUBeavers.com)
“Aaron came to Sierra College as a student-athlete on a mission! It has been exciting to watch his maturation process in regards to his academic approach, specifically the way he recently began to compete in the classroom as he does in between the white lines. As for Aaron’s football talents, the sky is the limit and we could not be prouder of his recent achievements and look forward to watching him continue his success on the Saturday gridiron at Oregon State.”
INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:
The main reason why Short’s recruitment never really took off was because of his academic situation. Before transferring to Sierra, he admittedly had some work to do in the classroom. Upon arriving at Sierra, he dedicated himself to improving his grades so that he could get an opportunity to continue playing at the next level. He hit the camp circuit this past summer, where he caught the eye of the OSU staff. Upon looking into Short’s transcripts, he was told that if he could show improvement in the classroom, he could earn an offer. Summer term and fall term, Short showed a dramatic improvement in the classroom and he was rewarded with an offer upon which he committed to. While an injury is never a good thing, it might have been a blessing in disguise for Short as he put up big numbers to start the season and proved he could play at an elite level, but the injury allowed him to continue his focus on improving his academic situation.