Cody Faulkner is a very polite young man hailing from Cicero, Indiana whose recruitment is beginning to pick up. Faulkner stands 6' 4", weighs in at 306 pounds and currently clocks in at a 5.3 40 yard dash. He benches 275 pounds, squats 540 pounds and cleans 275 pounds. He carries a 3.1 GPA in the classroom and graded out at 98% for his junior season while giving up no sacks from his tackle spot and getting 7-8 pancakes per game. He was named 1st Team All-Conference, All-State, All-Area and was just named to Indiana's Tremendous 26 Team. He currently holds offers from Wisconsin and Indiana and claims interest in Florida, Alabama and Tennessee with no school holding a lead at this point.
He will be attending the Nike Camp at the University of Michigan on May 7th and is looking into attending a camp at Florida. He cites his strengths as both run and pass blocking long with quickness across the line. Faulkner's ability on the offensive line is varied. He can play both right and left sides of the line at both tackle and guard spots and excel.
While Cody has garnered quite a bit of interest in the Midwest, he does have a connection to SEC country as his father, Chris, played for the Florida Gators. "I was a big fan of the Gators since I knew what football was. I was excited, my dad has all of his old films and we watched those a lot. Florida was pretty much it growing up. He was always on with the Gators and I was watching what they were doing," he said. Much like any kid watching his father growing up, one wonders if having a dad who played at a particular school rockets that institution ahead on the charts for his son's services. "I'd love to go to Florida but if they don't offer I'm not going to be disheartened over it. All of the D-1 programs have great schools, I love Wisconsin and Indiana as well, they both offered. Wisconsin offered me on signing day. The OL coach puts them in the NFL in a short period. There are a lot of great schools out there and I don't think any one is out ahead," said Faulkner.
With several Nebraska coaches having ties to the University of Wisconsin and that particular area of the Midwest, the question arises if Cody has any interest in the Big Red. "I haven't visited there yet but they did give me a lot of attention and the running game there is really awesome, very powerful. I like to be the bulldozer guy to knock people down. Right now, I'm just waiting it out to see what happens," said Faulkner. Cody said he's gotten quite a bit of information on Nebraska including items on the school and the football program as a whole. He said that Nebraska Offensive Line Coach Dennis Wagner sounds like a great guy.
Discussing some of the main factors in his eventual decision, Cody said, "I feel that all of the D-1 schools have great facilities so that's all around aspect, but I really look for the coaching staff and character of the staff. How they coach is a little part but OL need to be driven to get to the next level. That's important for the offensive line and head coach." Cody does have a goal of getting into the NFL and said that while an NFL atmosphere isn't a necessity, it would be a swing in a potential school's favor. Cody also has some unofficial visits to look forward to in the near future. "In April I'm visiting Florida, Georgia and Alabama. No officials yet, I'm going to wait and see how camps line up. If I can make it to camp and work out for them it's killing two birds with one stone. I would like to get to Nebraska and see them as well," he said.