Itâ€™s looking like this will be a strong year for talent in the state of Washington, especially in the trenches. One player we liked a lot from the first time we watched his film is Brush Prairie (Wash.) Hockinson offensive lineman Nick Cody and colleges have definitely started to take notice as well.
Cody, 6-5, 275 pounds is one of the more impressive linemen weâ€™ve seen on film this year. He has great size obviously but what sets him apart is his great feet and ability to move laterally. He really finishes his blocks well and you have to love his physical nature and mean streak he plays with.
On the recruiting front, things have taken off for Cody as he has pulled in his first two offers with more expected soon.
â€œOregon State and Purdue just offered me,â€ Cody said. â€œIâ€™m also receiving a lot of attention from Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Stanford, Northwestern and a few others.
â€œSchools are just now seeing my film and I have gotten great feedback so far. When I talked to Coach Riley at Oregon State, he said after three plays, he knew I was someone they wanted. It's just amazing to be getting this much attention.
â€œI've always known I had the talent and the ability, it was just very difficult for me to get my name out there in my junior and sophomore seasons due some struggles I have had at home.â€
For those not familiar with Codyâ€™s story, in 2004, his father was diagnosed with colon cancer and he passed away last October.
â€œIt really forced to me grow up quickly,â€ Cody said. â€œI had to stay home and take care of my dad and my family. I didnâ€™t really get the chance to go to many camps and prove myself. I always felt like I had the talent but just needed the opportunity to show it.
â€œNow I have that chance and Iâ€™m going to make the most of it. This weekend, Iâ€™m going to the NIKE combine in Houston and then Iâ€™ll be going to the NIKE Camp at Stanford in two weeks. I want to try and get out to Purdue sometime this summer. I don't know if it will happen with summer basketball and camps, but that could be fun.
â€œI will definitely check out Stanford when I am down there for the Nike Camp. I was also really interested in heading down to Oregon or Oregon State for their camps, but unfortunately our team has a team camp down at Linfield on those dates. I may be able to sneak down to one of the two schools on the last day or so, but it all depends on when we get back. My high school team comes first right now.
â€œRight now I'm very interested in Oregon State, Purdue, Oregon, Stanford and Washington State, but my mind is open to anyone who is interested in me. I think when the coaches see me at the upcoming camps, things will pick up even more so Iâ€™m excited to see how things play out.â€