Duck Veteran a Big Reason for Commitment

Oregon's latest commitment, Nick Cody, 6-5.5, 290, Brush Prairie (Wash.) Hockinson HS, feels that the opportunity to attend the University of Oregon is simply the best opportunity for him. One of the reasons for his decision is a friendship he established with a fellow Clark County resident and veteran Oregon football player.

Nick Cody is a gregarious young man, quick with a smile and a positive comment on life. He attends one of the smaller high schools (enrollment 617 for four grades) in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area -- Hockinson High School and that positive look on life has helped Nick in life.

Hockinson is in class 2A (Washington) that has had to struggle just to keep its football program going and it has been through the determination and hard work of the staff, students and parents that has kept football going. It would have easy for a player like Cody to simply go off to a bigger school but his loyalty to his teammates and coaches kept him at Hockinson. Regarded as one of the top players in the Northwest for the 2008 recruiting class, Nick felt it would be a shame if the core of players assembled at Hockinson were split up. The fact that Nick is so determined to keep his team in tact is even more impressive because in 2006 he lost his dad Clifton to cancer.

A person that has helped the Washington state 2A honorable mention (Seattle Times) Cody along the way has been fellow Clark County (Wash.) resident Josh Tschirgi. The Oregon lineman has taken Nick under his wing and has been a friend as well as mentor. Tschirgi is one of the reasons why Cody feels to strongly about the Ducks

"I think that Oregon was just the best decision for who I am," Cody told "I feel that from Josh Tschirgi and some of the connections I had with him, I could tell that Oregon is the place for me. You walk on campus, and you just know that every person there loves the green and gold."

With his commitment given, Cody can now let the recruiting process go and get back to being a normal teenager without the stress of continual phone calls and text messages from recruiters and nosy internet sites.

"I really just want to enjoy my summer for once and be a kid," said Cody. "I want to go out and have carefree fun with any worries."

Not that football and the Ducks are off his mind entirely. After all he still has interest in who might eventually be Duck teammates. Anyone that knows Nick is impressed by the knowledge he has of who are the other recruits and what their interest in Oregon might be. He's willing to do his part in trying to get them to take the same plunge he did, and become Ducks -- even though he won't say exactly whom he's talking to.

"I've already been talking to a lot of guys and trying to get a few to come here," commented Cody about Oregon's recruiting. "I don't want to mention specific names for privacy reasons, but you can rest assured that I am going to help the Ducks get one of the best recruiting classes that we possibly can."

Now that he has the 4th of July to celebrate as a Oregon Duck verbal commitment he can enjoy the summer, call a few unnamed recruits and get ready for Hockinson High's 2007 football season.

Cody chose Oregon over offers from Arizona State, BYU, California, Idaho State, Northwestern, Oregon State, Portland State, Purdue, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.

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