Cody Shear landed his first offer from Hawaii in December, but since then his offer count has gone from one to 21. Shear said he would consider every school to offer, but now he’s starting to get ready to narrow down the list. Shear was one recruit from the mainlands who got to visit Hawaii in person, as the UH staff offered him just prior to a family vacation to Hawaii.
“There’s definitely five or six schools that are standing out,” Shear said. “I haven’t released any of that yet, but I think I will in the next couple weeks. I’m going to start narrowing it down. I just don’t quite have it all narrowed down yet.”
His list of offers includes Arizona, Oregon State, Washington State, BYU, Colorado State, Fresno State and Nevada, and ranges as far as Buffalo and as close as Portland State. When it comes to which five or six schools will make his cut, a family atmosphere and good coaching staff will play a big role.
“Going to play at a good football school is a pretty big deal to me, but the coaches you’ll be playing for for the next four or five years as well as the teammates you're going to be surrounded by,” Shear said. “I’m not somebody who is going to base where I go off of what kind of stuff they have or what the facilities are like. I just want to go where I gel well with the coaches and my future teammates.”
As for his rise from one offer to 21, Shear credits his coaches for getting him where he is today.
“I was honestly a pretty average middle school player,” Shear said. “I have some great coaches, the greatest coaches in the state, and I wouldn’t be anywhere without them, including Lane Johnson, Marty Johnson and Les Phillipo.”
Aside from Hawaii, he has also taken unofficial visits to Nevada, Washington State, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State and Boise State.
“Each one of those visits, I got to spend one-on-one time with the offensive line coaches and they let me listen in on the offensive line film review meetings,” Shear said. “That’s what I took away the most, how the offensive line coaches coach their players and how they react… That stood out because I had never been in a situation like that, to see what these linemen are going through at the collegiate level was a pretty big deal to me so I could pick up some things and learn while I was there.”
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