Posted: 1:51 pm Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
By Matt Porter
Update: Shortridge said on July 16 he is no longer committed to Wake Forest. “I just wanted to give all my other schools a chance,” he said.
Seminole Ridge senior Kyle Shortridge wants to become part of a “family” at Wake Forest.
Shortridge, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle, verbally committed to the school, citing a slew of recognizable faces he saw while visiting its Winston-Salem, N.C. campus.
“They’re like brothers out here,” Shortridge said. “I felt like I was a part of it. This school feels like family. There’s a lot of West Palm Beach players, a lot of Florida players.”
Wake Forest has seven Palm Beach County players on its roster and 24 returning players from Florida. In addition, eight of the 19 players it signed in February came from Florida high schools. In April, graduated senior Joe Looney (Lake Worth) was a fourth-round NFL draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers.
On their visit, Shortridge and teammate Rayfield Dixon hung out with incoming freshmen Dominique Gibson (Glades Central), Tyler Cameron (Jupiter) and Teddy Matthews (Royal Palm Beach), along with returning players Zack Allen, Merrill Noel and Antonio Ford (Pahokee) and Cody Preble (Park Vista).
Shortridge is the first player in Seminole Ridge’s eight-year school history to commit to an FBS school.
One of the top defensive linemen in Palm Beach County’s 2013 recruiting class, he considered Boise State, Texas A&M, Missouri, Wisconsin, Purdue and West Virginia. He holds more than 20 verbal offers from BCS schools.
He said he will take an official visit to Wake Forest this fall. He doesn’t plan to visit other schools.
“If I liked what I saw up here, I told myself I was going to commit,” he said. “The school’s about to be a big thing and I want to be a part of it.”
Verbal commitments are non-binding. Signing day is February 6, 2013.