A late push by Texas resulted in the Longhorns landing four-star Newton running back Kevin Shorter over the weekend.
With two running backs already committed in the 2014 class, Texas wasn’t going hard after the 6-0, 186-pound playmaker until less than a month ago. cWith dominoes falling and targets coming into focus this summer, the Horns invited Shorter to the Texas Stampede in late July, then hosted him for another unofficial visit on Aug. 2.
Texas put in enough work to make his final three of Arkansas, Texas and Texas A&M, and Saturday at 12:01 PM Shorter made his college choice official through his Twitter account.
The addition of Shorter, ranked as the No. 36 overall player in Texas by the 247Sports composite rankings, gives UT 23 verbal pledges in its 2014 class, and bumps the group up to No. 8 in the country, according to 247Sports.
Depth at running back was what kept Texas from going all in on Shorter earlier in the recruiting cycle. The Longhorns are already poised to have five running backs on the depth chart next fall. With no seniors in 2013 and the previous pledges of Donald Catalon and D’Onta Foreman in this class, Texas is now looking at an eight-man backfield in the 2014 season.
Shorter flashes a blend of home-run speed and an ability to break through tackles at the 2A level. As a junior in 2012 he led the way in Newton’s run-oriented offense, averaging nearly 12 yards per rush on the way to gaining 1,810 yards and scoring 31 touchdowns.
He also recorded 58 tackles playing safety for the 10-2A Division I champs. A first-team All-District performer on both sides of the ball in 2012, Shorter is expected to play running back and safety again as a senior for a Newton team ranked No. 1 in the state in 2A by both Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine and the Associated Press.
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