Short joins juco-heavy DB class at Kansas

An official visit to Kansas on Dec. 7 was the deciding factor in three-star junior college defensive back Kevin Short (Fort Scott Community College) giving his verbal pledge to the Jayhawks on Dec. 14.

“That pretty much solidified things,” Short said. “We went to the team banquet. It was a nice little setup. Then we went out with the players. Then the next day we went to the basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse. It’s live in there.”

He’ll officially become a Jayhawk when he signs his letter of intent sometime in February and then enrolls in the summer.

“So far, recruiting wise, I have schools that are interested in me,” Short said. “Most schools have offered me. But when Kansas offered me I thought, 'Charlie Weis as their head coach and Clint Bowen as their defensive backs coach.' So I was like, ‘Why not?’”

Short was a first-team NJCAA All-American who chose the Jayhawks over Houston, New Mexico, Utah State and Boise State.

He is the fourth defensive back in the Jayhawks’ 2013 class, joining fellow junior college players Isaiah Johnson, Dexter McDonald and Cassius Sendish.

Short would prefer to start out at cornerback, but it appears his career will start at safety instead.

“That’s what we are trying to figure out,” Short said. “I want to play corner but they said if I played safety I would have a bigger impact on the team.”

Short fully expects to play right away, which is one other reason why he chose Kansas.

“That’s all I was hearing,” he said. “They were telling me they were going to put me in different spots to help the team out.”