Shortridge opens things back up

Kyle Shortridge, who committed to Wake Forest last week, has decided to reopen his recruitment. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman the from Loxahatchee, Florida has 23 Division 1 scholarship offers to his credit and would like to explore his options without the "committed" label attached on visits.

"I loved what I saw at Wake Forest," said Kyle Shortridge, "but I want to give everyone offering me a chance and see everything before I choose one school. I may still commit to Wake Forest if I believe they're the best school for me. It's a school I'm still very high on and would definitely like to go back on one of my official visits. I have a ton of respect for the d-line coach."

Shortridge has many offers from across the country and money has been an issue in traveling far out of South Florida. When it comes to official visits, the trips are at the school's expense and Shortridge would like to have that unique opportunity at his disposal.

"When I spoke to Coach Mac," Shortridge said, "he understood. "He said I could commit again, but if I'm committed I can't take any visits. It's just me wanting to give everybody a chance and taking my time on the decision. It's a major choice in my career so I want to get as much information as possible. If [a college] asks me to come visit and they're going to be paying for it, I want to be able to go."

As for now, Shortridge, who plays at Seminole Ridge High School, doesn't know which schools he'll be visiting. Most likely, he'll wait until autumn so he can take in a few games while on campus.

"I'd like to see the games live to get a better idea of how the team plays," said Shortridge. "I'm looking to go to a school with a great program with an atmosphere I'll be comfortable living at the next four years. I want to be somewhere I can shine with coaches who are going to push me hard to get the most out of me. I don't have a time frame on a final decision. I'm going to wait until I'm ready and 100-percent certain."

Before his commitment Wake Forest, Shortridge named a top three of Texas A&M, Boise State, and the Demon Deacons, but said he has no current leader and is keeping all of his options open.

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