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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

Ferd Magellan 1 year, 2 months ago

Some of these late offers our commits are receiving are impressive, but New Mexico? I know our program has been pathetic for three years, but that is an odd one to possible cost us one of our best recruits.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 2 months ago

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

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Brandon Mahon 1 year, 2 months ago

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

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Keith Hummel 1 year, 2 months ago

Wow! I don't know what to believe now. Think I'm gonna do myself a huge favor and ignore the Twitter drama until after tomorrow.

As a side note, I really feel for those guys making these decisions. It's gotta be tough, with schools tugging at you from all directions. You can just imagine what some schools are saying about KU. I think it's especially difficult for these JuCo guys because they have so little eligibility left, they can't afford to make the wrong decision.

Hope Short makes the best decision for him, and hope that means he's a Jayhawk.

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Kenneth Hillman 1 year, 2 months ago

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

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phog1004 1 year, 2 months ago

JayhawkSlant ‏@JayhawkSlant Kevin Short has just informed us he still plans on signing with KU after speaking to Charlie Weis and Clint Bowen #kufball

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mcrckchlk 1 year, 2 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?

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JayDocMD 1 year, 2 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).

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VaJay 1 year, 2 months ago

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

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iamakufan 1 year, 2 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.

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Tony Bandle 1 year, 2 months ago

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

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Brandon Mahon 1 year, 2 months ago

Jayhawkslant just said Short still plans on signing with KU tomorrow

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Brandon Mahon 1 year, 2 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

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rcjallday 1 year, 2 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.

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sbucks 1 year, 2 months ago

Hopefully he has a mind to sleep on, but

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KGphoto 1 year, 2 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.

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sports4life 1 year, 2 months ago

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

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