March 5, 2013

Baylor Bears on Shorter's short list

The good thing about Newton running back Kevin Shorter is that satisfaction likely cannot be found in his DNA.

After rushing for 1,810 yards, nearly 12 yards per attempt and 31 touchdowns -- the team had three 1,000-yard rushers - Shorter isn't content to think that's as good as it's going to get. But there is a sense of relief knowing he got through the season healthy. He tore ligaments in an ankle during his sophomore year and played in only three games.

"I'm really happy with what I did last year, but I know I can do better,'' Shorter said. "I just have to keep working on footwork and explosiveness if I want to get to the next level.''

That would be Division I college football. Baylor is in Shorter's top five along with LSU, Texas A&M, LSU and Arkansas. He recently added offers from Kansas and Texas Tech. Shorter visited Baylor for the Feb. 2 junior day and came away pretty impressed with how this program is aspiring to achieve a championship level.

"They treated me like family,'' Shorter said of the Baylor coaching staff. "I've talked with them before. But when you get on the campus and see how the coaches work with the players, it's very comfortable.''

And that's why Baylor is in a pretty good position at this point. Porter talked with the coaching staff about how he could be a fit into their offense and be running alongside the likes of Lache Seastrunk and Johnny Jefferson.

Porter also has developed a pretty good relationship with Carlton Buckels. He said Buckels and him talk frequently about making sure he keeps his grades up and making sure he is preparing for the SAT.

"He's a great guy, and I can tell he cares about you as a person,'' Shorter said. "That means a lot to me.''

Shorter (6-0, 188) is trying to use this offseason to get to 200 pounds but make sure he maintains his ability to be as elusive and quick as he has been.

"It's going to take more than one man to bring he down,'' he said.

He's also in the middle of track season and running the 100, 200 4x100, triple jump and long jump. His personal best in the 100 is 10.6. He thinks he can lower that.

At this point, Porter is not in a hurry to make a commitment decision. He said he wants to visit all five schools again before announcing anything. That could come after the 2013 football season or as late as 2014 National Signing Day, Feb. 5.


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