The BYU coaching staff is looking to bring in top offensive line prospects to protect BYU’s current and future quarterbacks. From Henry D. Sheldon High School in Eugene, Oregon, Cody Shear recently added an offer from the Cougars and offensive line coach Mike Empey.
“I’m a junior so I’m in the class of 2017,” said Shear. “I’m 6-4, 285-pounds and Sheldon High School runs a spread offense. I play left tackle for my school and my teammates and I are probably a little more athletic than the average offensive line in high school. Our coaches teach us how to be quick and fire off the ball, whether it’s pulling or just getting down field to block somebody. It’s a lot of fun getting into that secondary level and hitting someone.”
Shear was recently offered by BYU and he had previously established a relationship with BYU head coach Kalani Sitake was running the Oregon State defense.
“I’m extremely excited about my BYU offer,” said Shear. “I developed a really good relationship with Coach Empey and developed a really good relationship with Coach Sitake while he was at Oregon State. I started talking to Coach Empey fairly early in the process and have been talking to him for at least a few months now. We would talk for about a half an hour to forty-five minutes and it’s not just about recruiting. We talk about everything from football to school to his family and my family. It’s such a huge deal to me when they offered.”
Shear recalled the time(s) when he came away very impressed with Coach Sitake.
“Yeah, when Coach Sitake was at Oregon State I was invited down for a couple of games,” said Shear. “Both times I was there Coach Sitake seemed like a really cool guy and very down to earth. He would sit down and speak to me and my family for about a half hour. This was right before they were about to play a big time game like against UCLA and teams like that. I remember my parents were blown away because this was before I had any offers or was a big time recruit or anything like that. I was hardly recruited at that point, so I kind of followed him because we had built a relationship before.”
Now that Coach Sitake is the head coach of BYU, Shear followed his move to Provo, having taken an interest in him due to their past interactions. When the call came to him that he was receiving an offer from BYU, Shear viewed it as an honor.
“It’s a huge honor for me, especially to play for a program like that,” Shear said. “They hold their student athletes to a higher standard and it’s just a privilege to get an offer from BYU. I couldn’t be more excited about that offer from BYU because they recruit more than just someone who can make blocks or tackles. They recruit players who live up to a higher standard. BYU is a special program and it truly is an honor to be recruited by them.”
“BYU was my 17th offer,” Shear said. “I have Hawaii, Nevada, Ohio, Idaho, Toledo, Arizona, Massachusetts, Buffalo, Tulane, Washington State, Oregon State, Fresno State, Akron, Ball State, and BYU. This really is a dream come true and never thought that I would have a chance to play college ball. I’m truly grateful for all the offers that I have. I’m very blessed to be in the position I’m in.”
Shear can also add Air Force, Central Michigan, Colorado State, Washington, Montana State, Portland State, and Temple to that list as well. With so many offers on the table, Shear has an idea of what he’s looking for and will hold each program to see if they measure up to his own personal litmus test.
“I want to go to a school is going to help me to go the next level,” Shear said. “I know that’s not going to be the case for 99 percent of all the kids at the college level, but when I’m done I want to be able to say that I gave it my all and was at a college that helped me give it my all. I want to go to a place that pushes me on and off the field, so that way if football doesn’t work out, and I’m being realistic here, I can succeed off the field in my job. I want to go to a place where I can connect with my teammates and play with guys I view as family instead of just random people I have nothing in common with. I want to go to a place where I can grow in the locker room with and surround myself with teammates that I can enjoy my time with. Finally, I would like to play for a coaching staff that I would like to play for over my college career.”
When it comes to BYU, which seeks to develop personal character on top of academic and athletic development, Shear views the standards and expectations of the university as a catalyst for future on and off the field success.
“First of all it’s a great school,” said Shear. “You’re going to be able to go there and succeed in life after school. Also, I know that their very involved with God and there’s a certain expectation held for each player to meet a certain standard. They try and take guys into their program that live a certain standard so they can just fit in naturally and not act like somebody they’re not. That is a pretty big deal for me and I like that. I like that fact about BYU. They recruit certain kids that fit their program’s standards and don’t have to act like something they’re not. BYU is a great school and the offer from them is a huge deal for me.”