Short Hearing From Near and Far

SS/OLB Simba Short's stock is on the rise, with offers from the PAC 12, Big Ten & Ivy League

With two senior safeties on tap to graduate after the 2014 season, Utah has made it to a priority to recruit new safety talent. One of those being recruited is Simba Short out of De La Salle High School in Concord, California. Short is a versatile defender that can play both safety and outside linebacker, and he feels comfortable being asked to play either position once he makes it to the college level. When asked what position schools were recruiting him for, Short said both. "It's a mix. Some like me at outside linebacker and some see me as a strong safety. As for Utah, they're recruiting me as a safety." At approximately 6'2-200lbs, Short is the ideal size for a strong safety in the PAC 12, and should have no problem covering tight ends and slot receivers, as he is routinely asked to do this in high school. Short has started at De La Salle High School since he was a sophomore, and through his 2 year career he has totaled 121 tackles, 7 TFL's, 1 sack & 1 INT. A big part of what makes Short such a successful player on the field is his understanding of the game. "I pay attention to ever detail on the field like down and distance, and plays the offense likes in certain situations. I watch a lot of film too, so that allows me to play faster than others. That's my biggest plus as a player."

As for his recruitment, Short currently holds offers from Utah, Arizona State, Northwestern and Yale, but he's also hearing from some other schools that may be close to offering. "I've also been talking to UCLA, Cal, Washington State, Princeton and Harvard. Out of all those schools, Princeton, Northwestern, Cal and Utah are recruiting me the hardest." Short has only been able to visit a couple schools so far, so naturally those are his current favorites, but he said that could change when he takes other visits. "I like Princeton and Northwestern out of the ones I've visited, but I still have to visit a few others." Short also spoke about his plans to take new visits over the summer. "I'll be going back to Princeton and Northwestern, and I'll most likely be getting out to Utah. I also live near Cal so I will probably be out there too. That list might be added on to as time goes on though."

As for Utah, Short said that he is still learning more and more about the school, but will have a better grasp for the program after he visits. Offensive line coach Jim Harding is Short's main recruiter, and while he didn't have much to say about coach Harding, what he did say should be taken as a positive. "(Coach Harding) is a cool guy. I like him!" With a busy summer ahead of him, Short said he would like to make his final decision before the start of the season, but if he's still unclear on where he wants to go at that time, a decision will come shortly afterwards.

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