A vacation to the Hawaiian Islands is typically a big trip for families coming from the mainland, but one Oregon family made a special detour after their teenager landed a scholarship offer from UH.
Cody Shear, a 6-foot-4 and 270-pound prospect who could end up as an offensive lineman, long snapper or even a tight end at the next level, was weeks away from his family’s vacation when he decided to send his film to the Hawaii coaching staff.
A week before they left, he received a call with some good news.
“I thought I might as well send the coaches my film before we go,” Shear said. “They called me about a week before we left and they said they liked my film and offered me. It came out of the blue. I had never even gotten a letter from them before. It was pretty exciting and it was crazy.”
It was not just any offer either, it was Shear’s first offer. He has received early interest from a list of schools including Boise State, California, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Eastern Washington and Portland State, but the first actual offer was a big moment for him.
“I had gotten an e-mail from coach Naole and coach Cookus and they told me to give them a call when I got a chance,” Shear said. “They were on the phone together and they offered me on the spot. It was probably the best feeling in the world that I know that I get to play football at the next level. It was also a big-time motivator. It made me want to work harder and become a better player.”
So on the family’s vacation, they scheduled in multiple stops to see the campus and to check out the football facilities.
“We actually saw the campus a little and we went back to (check) out the football facilities too,” Shear said. “It’s the dead period recruiting wise, but me and my family are checking out the facilities. It’s pretty sweet. The campus is just (ridiculously awesome).”
Hawaii’s coaching staff couldn’t have had better timing in offering this 2017 prospect, but Shear is in no hurry narrow down the schools he will consider. He has several many schools interested already and is still early in the process.
“The coaches are going to play a big role,” Shear said. “Honestly, any school that gives me the opportunity to play for them, I’m going to look into. I’m going to have a lot of work and I’m going to look into every school that gives me a shot to play for them.”
Shear made his way onto the recruiting radar as an offensive lineman, but is also a solid long snapper. His strength is his athleticism, so much so that he could end up being a tight end. He played wide receiver as a youth until reaching high school, his frame called for him on the o-line.
“What coaches have said is that they are impressed for how I move for my size,” Shear said. “I also have interest as a long snapper. I’ve been talked to for offensive line as well as tight end because I have good feet and long arms. I’m the hardest worker you’ll meet and I just love the game. Playing tight end would be fun, but I also love to hit people. Whatever helps the team win.”
Be sure to check out Shear's film (top). Nearly every play results in a defender on his back.