At times, players pop off the film making plays that force you to pay attention. One such player that pops is 2016 Grandview linebacker DeAndre Shorts. The All-Conference performer was a beast for the always aggressive, always stingy Grandview defense. Helping Grandview to a 12-1 season, Shorts posted 67 total tackles, eight sacks, 11 hurries and three fumbles recovered.
The linebacker goes beyond being a high motor player, he is constant motion on the field, making plays from sideline to sideline, as a blitzer and also in coverage. Most impressive is Shorts’ ability to finish plays in the open field. Playing in potentially the toughest conference in Colorado Shorts makes one on one tackles against many of Colorado’s top skill players including Austin Conway, Milo Hall and others.
Shorts is the ultimate tweener because of his size. At 5-8 180 pounds he does not fit the profile but his game is tough to top. Shorts’ Head Coach John Schultz of Grandview is quick to defend Shorts’ ability to take his game to the next level stating, “Size doesn't matter. He is so strong, fast and instinctive, he can play! Linebacker, safety, full back, running back, he can play!”
Currently Shorts is hearing from Wyoming, Utah, BYU and Northern Colorado. Regarding a college position, upcoming Junior Days will help the productive and explosive defender find his best college fit. Ultimately, despite his stature, Shorts is a force and has production and impact on the field. Once colleges find the fit watch out!