A late push by Texas resulted in the Longhorns landing Kevin Shorter, a four-star running back from Class 2A Newton, over the weekend.
The Longhorns, who already have two running backs committed for their 2014 class, didn’t start going hard after the 6-0, 186-pound athlete until less than a month ago. With recruiting dominoes falling and targets coming into focus this summer, Shorter was invited to the Texas Stampede in late July. He took another unofficial visit on Aug. 2.
Texas evidently put enough work in to make Shorter’s list of final three, along with Arkansas and Texas A&M. Shorter announced his decision Saturday, on Twitter.
The addition of Shorter — one of the state’s top 55 recruits on the American-Statesman’s next installment of the Fabulous 55, which will be published this weekend — gives Texas 23 pledges for the 2014 class. It bumped Texas’ class to a No. 8 national ranking, according to 247Sports’ composite ratings of the nation’s leading recruiting services.
Running back depth was what kept Texas from going all in on Shorter earlier in the recruiting cycle — the Longhorns already are poised to have at least five backs (all either juniors, sophomores or freshmen) on the depth chart this fall. With no senior tailbacks and the previous pledges of 2014 players Donald Catalon and D’Onta Foreman, there could be eight backs for the 2014 season.
Shorter has flashed a blend of home run speed and an ability to break through tackles at the 2A level. As a junior, he averaged nearly 12 yards per carry in Newton’s run-oriented offense, rushing for 1,810 yards and scoring 31 touchdowns. Recruited as an athlete, he also had 58 tackles as a safety.
Newton, which fell to eventual Division I state champion Cameron Yoe in last year’s state semifinals, is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A heading into this season.
TEXAS’ 2014 CLASS
A look at Texas’ 2014 recruiting class, ordered by position. Ranking reflects 247Sports’ composite star ranking of leading recruiting sites:
QB;4;Jerrod Heard;Denton Guyer
RB;4;Donald Catalon;Aldine Eisenhower
RB;3;D’Onta Foreman;Texas City
WR;4;Armanti Foreman;Texas City
WR;4;Lorenzo Joe;Abilene Cooper
WR;3;Emanuel Porter;Dallas Lincoln
WR;3;Roderick Bernard;Hou. Sharpstown
WR;3;Garrett Gray;Marble Falls
TE;3;John Thomas;Trinity Valley C.C.
DE;4;Derick Roberson;S.A. Brennan
DT;3;Trey Lealaimatafao;S.A. Warren
DT;3;Courtney Garnett;N.O. (La.) St. Aug.
ILB;3;Andrew Beck;Tampa (Fla.) Plant
OLB;4;Otaro Alaka;Hou. Cy-Falls
OLB;3;Cameron Hampton;Dallas Carter
CB;3;Jermaine Roberts;N.O. (La.) St. Aug.
S;3;Jason Hall;S. Grand Prairie
P;2;Corbin Daly;Charlotte (N.C.) Kell