“It means a lot, I wanted to be a Red Raider for a long time,” Shorts said. “Just can’t wait to get up there.”
In front of family and friends, Shorts officially signed with Texas Tech on Wednesday morning inside the Humble Civic Center as a part of the district’s National Signing Day party.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Atascocita receiver, who hauled in 39 passes for 706 yards and nine touchdowns last Fall, said he is ready to play in front of the great fans and on a good football team, Shorts said shortly following his signing, and wants to play quality football, which is why he chose to be a Red Raider.
The Air-Raid offense is one aspect of the Texas Tech system that he likes, Shorts said and he will enjoy playing in the same spot that he has for the last three years in high school.
Shorts will not be on campus until June 1, when he will officially leave for Lubbock, but the senior wide receiver is already excited about getting to catch passes possibly from Patrick Mahomes.
“He brings a lot to Texas Tech,” Shorts said about Mahomes. “His throwing, his ability to run, everything. I saw him play against Baylor in that last game and it was just crazy what he was doing. So I can’t wait to get up there and just be a part of that.”
Off the field, Shorts said he will major in business and kinesiology, which are among the most important things to him is graduating with a degree.
“That’s all it’s about is getting a degree and that’s what I want to do,” he said. “That’s what I want to do is get my business degree.”
Everyone in his family is excited for him, Shorts said and he was just happy that he could make his parent proud at the end of the day.
Shorts has some work to take care of before getting to Lubbock and the senior knows that, but said once June 1 rolls around it is back down to business and there are some areas that he wants to improve on.
“Getting stronger,” Shorts said. “My routes, getting in and out of my cuts, catching the ball, getting up field. Just the small stuff so the big stuff can come.”