Pratt High senior Lawson Short is ready to become a pirate.


Short has committed to play football at Independence Community College for head coach Steve Carson next fall, making the transition from defensive lineman to linebacker in the process.


Pratt High senior Lawson Short is ready to become a pirate.

Short has committed to play football at Independence Community College for head coach Steve Carson next fall, making the transition from defensive lineman to linebacker in the process.

“His natural position is linebacker, but we had him playing the defensive line just because we didn’t have anybody up front that would do a good job like him to help cover people up,” said football coach Jeff Fuss. “If we had him at linebacker, then he’s probably got three guys trying to block him because we’d have a hole to fill up front.”

Fuss said he thinks Lawson’s transition to linebacker will be smooth.

“When he messed around in practice during scout team and stuff playing linebacker, it’s pretty scary,” he said. “He’s fearless. He just has the gift of being able to get to the football in a bad mood. He just needs to learn their schemes, and he’ll be good.”

Short said his recruitment to Independence made sense as he looks to pursue a degree in engineering. He considered walking on at K-State, but decided on Independence instead.

“I could have gone to K-State, not for football, but grade-wise,” he said. “We talked about it and decided I’d have a better chance to get the opportunity to get used to a new position here. We decided that it wasn’t the best idea to go to K-State and play football and do engineering.”

Fuss said Short has been motivated in the weight room once he decided he wanted to play college football.

“It took him a while to decide what he wanted to do for sure, but once he decided he wanted to play football at the next level, he has been extremely motivated,” he said. “He’s going to be successful. I think Independence, I kind of compare it to Steele going to Hutch, I think they got a diamond in the rough. I don’t think they know how good he’s going to be. He weighs about 210 now and he’s getting stronger.”

Fuss said Short may have a learning curve as a freshman trying to learn the system on the fly.

“I think he is going to be tremendous,” he said. “He’s got to get there and learn the system and I think once he gets in there and they find out what kind of class kid he is and the example he’ll set for some of those guys, it won’t take long to find out he can play at the next level.”

Short meanwhile, is just ready to get on campus.

“I start camp on June 1,” he said. “I’m excited. I’m ready to go.”