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Signing Day circus starts a day early: CB Kevin Short wavers, but sticks with KU

Fort Scott C.C. cornerback Kevin Short.

Fort Scott C.C. cornerback Kevin Short. by Matt Tait

4:12 p.m. Update:

Just heard back from Kevin Short, who informed me — in all caps — that he was "GOING TO KU FOR SURE."

Short said he simply felt uneasy about what he was being brought in to do and wanted to talk with Charlie Weis and Clint Bowen about his role.

No harm, no foul, I guess.

I'd like to thank Kevin for getting me sharp before tomorrow's big day. I'm ready.

See you all in the morning.

3:38 p.m. Update:

In light of the whole Manti Te'o fiasco, it's certainly worth noting that it's hard to trust anything that doesn't come from the horse's mouth, so that's why it seems like a smart move to say that KU may still have a shot at Short.

The latest post to his Twitter account backed that thought:

just got off the Phone with the head man Weis we talked about the situation 2marr i will make it known #RockChalk shawty

That's all we know for today. I'm still trying to reach Kevin, but, either way, it's all about tomorrow and the letter and the fax. We'll know then.

I don't think KU's out of this yet.

Stay tuned...

Original post:

On the eve of national signing day, the Kansas University football program learned that Fort Scott Community College cornerback Kevin Short, a first-team All-American last season, has switched his commitment to New Mexico.

At around 2 p.m. today, Short posted on Twitter the following message: "I will be signing my NLI to the University of NewMexico i appreciate the long hard support from everybody but I have to do what I have t ..."

There is very little information out there at this point about why Short changed his mind but the possibilities seem to range from everything to academic concerns to a simple change of heart.

As of last Friday, the 6-2, 185-pound cornerback told me that he had been under a lot of pressure but that he was still planning to sign with KU.

I checked in with defensive tackle Marquel Combs, the unofficial leader of KU's "Dream Team 2013" movement to see if he had heard anything from Short today and Combs told me that Short had not been texting him back.

Efforts to reach Short myself, so far, have also proven unsuccessful.

We'll see how this whole thing develops, but it looks, for now, like KU has lost a pretty solid target and that the number of players expected to sign tomorrow has dropped from 15 to 14. If that holds, KU would have three spots remaining in the Class of 2013, should it choose to fill them.

Stay in touch with KUSports.com today for more on Short if anything becomes available and, as always, wake up with us bright and early tomorrow for my annual signing day blog that tracks the progress of KU's commitments all morning.

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Comments

sports4life 1 year, 8 months ago

Hopefully he'll change his mind after sleeping on it.

KGphoto 1 year, 8 months ago

Can't imagine why a CB in his position, a kid with NFL dreams, would de-commit from coach Campo to go to New Mexico. Surely something forced his hand. Too bad.

Lawkan 1 year, 8 months ago

Short has said they want to move him to safety. He probably wants to play corner.

Matt Tait 1 year, 8 months ago

Fair question, but it doesn't sound like it. Talked to a few people in the know and they're saying it's legit.

Tough to see on the day before signing day, but the prevailing thought based one what I'm hearing is: This kind of thing happens every year and life goes on.

Matt Tait 1 year, 8 months ago

That said, I've also been told/reminded that nothing's final until they sign and fax. After making some calls, I think KU's still very much in the mix here.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe he just wanted to see if he could start a frenzy.

sbucks 1 year, 8 months ago

Hopefully he has a mind to sleep on, but

Mat Davis 1 year, 8 months ago

He does realize that New Mexico is in...New Mexico, right? To go from a Big 12 school to the Mountain West is highly unusual. As a coach, you'd rather have guys that are all in, rather than half out, so this will be a positive.

Brandon Mahon 1 year, 8 months ago

Short just tweeted

just got off the Phone with the head man Weis we talked about the situation 2marr i will make it known #RockChalk shawty

So maybe we are getting him back......... This could be great news

Brandon Mahon 1 year, 8 months ago

Jayhawkslant just said Short still plans on signing with KU tomorrow

Tony Bandle 1 year, 8 months ago

Matt....you couldn't have titled this column any better!! Let the games begin!!! :)

Matt Tait 1 year, 8 months ago

All par for the course for signing day/week. Just sit back and watch the madness unfold.

That said, I don't expect a ton of surprises (if any) for KU tomorrow... good or bad.

Steve Reigle 1 year, 8 months ago

I sure hope he stays with KU where he could be a really big part of a really big story this next season. Big turnaround, big story, big media attention.

VaJay 1 year, 8 months ago

Well, there's nothing like having a circus around for an extra day! WooHoo!

JayDocMD 1 year, 8 months ago

Someone help me out - I thought this was a "dead period" where no contact could take place with coaches? See below...

November 25, 2012, through February 2, 2013— Contact

February 3, 2013—Quiet Period

February 4 through February 7, 2013— Dead Period

Feburary 6 National Letter of Intent Signing Day for the Class of 2013 (runs through April 1, 2013).

Matt Tait 1 year, 8 months ago

I believe the players can reach out to the coaches by not vice versa.

mcrckchlk 1 year, 8 months ago

Matt, any reason as to why New Mexico? They weren't even in the mix when he gave us his solid verbal. Any idea what happened?

Kenneth Hillman 1 year, 8 months ago

Tait - any potential pleasant surprises we can watch for tomorrow? Somebody that isn't on our commit list that could commit?

Matt Tait 1 year, 8 months ago

I don't expect anything, but I know KU's a longshot in the running for a couple of guys who would be considered surprises. Not sure who they are, though...

Brandon Mahon 1 year, 8 months ago

Post like this are going to be reasons why kids dont pick KU.... Choosing a college to go play at and selling your life to them has to be the hardest decision ever... These players may look at these post why dont we be a little more polite to them and respect them.

Ben Kane 1 year, 8 months ago

I agree, that response seems quite odd to what you wrote.

Brandon Mahon 1 year, 8 months ago

Nooooo AtlJaybird... It was to Ahperse's post... cuz it seems like all i have ever read from him are crap post

ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 8 months ago

Sorry, I will no longer pass judgement on people that end sentences with the word "shawty".

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