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Maryland Wideout Daikiel Shorts Commits to WVU


Daikiel Shorts visited West Virginia on Sunday and by Monday evening, he knew the place he had just left behind is where he wanted to spend his collegiate career.

Shorts, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound receiver out of Elkton, Md., committed to the Mountaineers Monday after speaking with his recruiting coach, Daron Roberts and WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen.

"I just fell in love with it," Shorts said Monday night. "I pretty much knew I was going to go there, but I didn't know when I was going to make my decision. I talked it over with my coach and my parents and we felt like I was ready to commit."

He had already come to Morgantown earlier in the summer for a one-day camp, but this past weekend was a chance to see the campus and speak one-on-one with the coaches rather than run drills on the field.

Shorts did not need any further convincing than what an unofficial visit to Morgantown provided him. On campus with his Eastern Christian Academy teammate, running back Wendell Smallwood, Shorts had the opportunity to see in person what Coach Roberts had told him countless times over the phone. The fit felt right, so he made the jump to WVU.

"I love that they have a great college atmosphere," says Shorts. "I fell in love with the facilities, the coaches and the offensive scheme seems perfect for my position. I'm really looking forward to it."

Shorts becomes WVU's 11th commitment for the 2013 class and the second receiver after Daryl Worley, who plays both offense and defense, committed earlier on Monday.

After talking with the WVU coaches, Shorts felt that as a receiver, there truly was no better option than siding with the Mountaineers. Holgorsen's offense and its proven past lured in a wideout who believes his physicality will work perfectly with what West Virginia puts on the field.

"I'm a pretty big receiver, I'm physical, I can run well and I always run after the catch," he says.

Those aspects of his game are what he believes receivers coach Shannon Dawson is looking for and they are why he feels that he will have success in a Mountaineer uniform.

"In this offense, at my position, I feel like the sky is the limit," he says. "You always want to go to an offense like that and I'm really excited to get going."

Shorts is planning to catch a home game in Morgantown at some point during the fall to get an idea of what the atmosphere is like when 60,000 pour into Milan Puskar Stadium.

In the meantime, he gets to work for his senior season and the work he needs to put in alongside Smallwood and the rest of his teammates to have a successful end to his high school career.

The two have taken other visits to college campuses together and have been able to feed off each other in terms of how they feel about one program over another.

"It helps to have him down there because we both know what we're going through since we're both players," says Shorts. "It's always good to have a peer who can give you their perspective of it."

He says the two have had conversations about the possibility of winding up at the same school and when Shorts gets to practice on Tuesday, he intends to get in Smallwood's ear about WVU.

"I'll see him tomorrow at practice, so I'll talk to him about coming to West Virginia and being a Mountaineer also. I sure hope so, but it's up to him," says Shorts.

With the recruiting process behind him, Shorts can focus on doing some of his own recruiting while preparing for one last go around on the prep level.

"I'm so excited about it," Shorts said of his commitment. "It started to get stressful after awhile, so I'm relieved about it now and I'm ready for the season to start so I can play some football."

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