"SMU is probably showing more interest in me than any other school and it's my favorite school too," said the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, who averaged 10.5 tackles per game last year for the 8-4 Frogs. "I've visited SMU and I like everything about it. I like the campus and the academics. I like the football program, the coaching staff, and the players. I'm going to be making an SMU camp this summer.
"Recruiting is going well for me. I'm also hearing from Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Syracuse, Texas A&M, and Western Kentucky. Louisiana Tech has been by the school and they want me to come take an unofficial visit and go to their camp. They've been calling and e-mailing me."
Shorts, who reports a 3.2 GPA, puts up good numbers in the classroom and on the field. Last year, some of his biggest games were vs. Kaufman (15 tackles, 11 solo), Castleberry (13 tackles, eight solo), and Roosevelt (12 tackles, eight solo).
"Spring has been going great," Shorts said. "We've been doing drills, because - as a 3A school - we can't go out in pads. In Texas, only 4A and 5A schools can go through spring practice in pads. Me personally, I would prefer to be in pads.
"We should be better than last year. We have nine starters back on defense and five returning on offense. Our expectations are to win district. We're in a new region and a new district this year."