Newton may be a small East Texas town but the high school produces quite a few athletes. Though colleges went by the school this season to see class of 2013 athlete D.J. Dean, they could not help but notice one of the top juniors in the state.
Kevin Shorter says he has a current top three of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Speedy athlete Kevin Shorter, who plays both running back and defensive back, grabbed the attention of more than a few coaches and he picked up a handful of offers during the season.
“Schools came out to see DJ and then they saw me in practice and I guess they liked me too,” Shorter said.
“I’ve been offered by Houston, Utah, (Texas) A&M, McNeese and SFA. My first offer came from the University of Houston. It came like three weeks into the season.
“A&M, they offered me after my last playoff game against Cameron in the semifinals. I don’t remember his name but one of the coaches was there and he really liked me.”
Shorter now plans to make a few campus visits over the next couple of months.
“I’ve been invited to a bunch of [junior days],” he said. “I think I’ve got one from Texas. I’ve got one from Arkansas that I want to go to.”
Though it is still early in the process, Shorter admits that a trio of schools currently stands out to him.
“I like A&M right now,” he said. “I also want to go to Arkansas. I love the atmosphere around there. I went to one of the games and really liked it. I also like Oklahoma a lot.”
Shorter helped Newton to a 13-1 record and the state semifinals this year. He rushed for 1,810 yards and 31 touchdowns on only 151 carries while also catching 15 passes for 315 yards and five scores. On defense he recorded 58 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.