Recruiting: Army lands Texas fullback Casey Shorter

Katy Taylor (Texas) fullback Casey Shorter completed a four-month recruiting process when he announced his commitment to the Black Knights Friday.

Shorter’s path to West Point started with a message from assistant coach Mike Viti in February. But, his knowledge of the program began much earlier.

The all-Houston area talent hails from the same high school as Army record-breaking fullback and former Titans and Chiefs player Collin Mooney, who shared the position with Viti at West Point.

Mooney’s picture is posted Taylor’s fieldhouse. It’s Shorter, who owns the school record for touchdowns in a game (six). Kevin Shorter, Shorter’s uncle, was Mooney’s junior high coach at Taylor.

Shorter hopes to meet Mooney for the first time as an Army commit or football player following his decision.

“Army seems to be the best fit in every way,” Shorter said. “It is one of the best academic institutions in the world. Also, I think I git in really well with the offense and what they like to do. Knowing that I will have a bright future with an Army degree definitely helped my decision as well.”

Viti’s knowledge of the academy and a virtual visit earlier this month helped sealed Shorter’s choice.

“It was great that he (Viti) was able to answer all of the questions and concerns that my parents and I had going into the commitment,” Shorter said. “I have visited major football campuses and facilities and after watching the virtual tour, I felt like there was no comparison. I can’t wait to see it in person.”

Shorter grew up running in a power formation. Taylor operates a spread offense but it is installing some plays similar to Army for the 2020 season. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Shorter rushed for 1,369 (exactly 30 yards more than Mooney had in his 2008 record-setting Army season), scored 18 touchdowns and added 389 receiving yards as a junior.

Shorter’s commitment will continue a long line of Army service among his family. His grandfather served in Vietnam. Shorter’s great-great uncle was a prisoner of war in World War II and received a Purple Heart.

“It (serving) is definitely something I am proud to do,” Shorter said. “I also have uncles and cousins that served.

“I am really honored and blessed to become a part of Army West Point and the brotherhood.”

2021 commits (11)
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Colorado State
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green

Commitments by state: Georgia (2), Alabama (1), Florida (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Texas (1)

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