Local 2017 prospect Cody Shear isn’t looking too far ahead into the future.
While some in his position would be starting to look ahead to college, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive tackle out of Eugene (Ore.) Sheldon told eDuck that he remains more focused on his high school career right now than recruiting.
“I’m more focused on my high school team and kinda just working as hard as I can and then seeing where that puts me,” he said.
Still, he’s heard from a healthy number of programs so far, most of them from the West Coast. One of them, Hawaii, has already offered.
“I’m hearing from Washington, Oregon State, Cal, Boise State, Eastern Washington, Hawaii,” he said. “I hear from the occasional SEC schools like Mississippi State — I got a game invite from them — and Missouri.”
While he’s been praised for his technique, footwork and his use of hands, there’s one particular quality that stands out to most coaches about Shear’s game.
“The coaches told me they’re impressed with how well I can move for my size,” he said. “That’s what I keep hearing over and over from the coaches that I hear from.”
Because of his athleticism, some programs have looked at Shear as a tight end. He’s already added 10 pounds since the end of the season, but he’s keeping mindful of his size to ensure he can adapt if need be.
“I just want to keep working with my hands in case that’s where I end up,” he said. “I don’t want to get slow, but I do want to get stronger and definitely get bigger.”
Although he hails from Eugene, Oregon has not yet become a factor in his recruitment. But that doesn’t seem to be an issue for Shear, who said he’ll seriously consider any program that offers him a scholarship.
“I’ve heard a little bit,” he said. “But I don’t really know if I’m on their radar or not. I don’t know. I do live right down the street. It’d be cool to hear from them but if it doesn’t work out, I don’t have a main team that I’m looking for right now.”
(Edit: This article has been updated to add offer information)