Recruiting Trip Leaves An Impression

The Oregon Ducks had a big weekend for recruiting when eight official visitors made their way to Eugene to visit the campus of the University of Oregon and also catch the Oregon-USC football game on Saturday. How did the trip go for Hockinson (Wash.) offensive lineman Nick Cody? One word -- awesome.

"It was awesome; I got to meet some new guys," said Nick Cody of the weekend. "I met Mychal Rivera, who I'll be playing with and got to enjoy the weekend."

Cody verbally committed to Oregon last July and has been rock solid in his desire to attend Oregon next year. He's made every home game this season and was often seen at fall camp prior to his team starting its season this last August. Cody made his official visit this weekend along with another Oregon verbal commit, Rivera. Joining the two were Matt Roark, Jermaine Kearse, Everette Thompson, Terrence Robinson, Anthony Dye and Damien Holmes. Also on hand on an unofficial visit were another Duck verbal, John Boyett and also Nick Stewart of Columbia River High School in Vancouver.

Cody doesn't think anyone committed this weekend, but does think several were strongly impressed and may eventually pull the trigger and committing to Oregon.

"I think we're real close with Terrence Robinson," Cody observed. "It was something he needed to go home and talk to his father about. He and his father are pretty close."

Another parent that had a positive time at Oregon was Everette Thompson's mother. Cody thought Thompson's mom enjoyed the trip and took in everything the coaching staff had to say.

This was a special time for Cody. It was just a year ago this weekend that his father passed away. Prior to the game in the locker room, with the team suited up, Head Coach Mike Bellotti talked to the Ducks about the upcoming game. With the recruits standing off to the side, Bellotti first talked about the game and what the players needed to do. Then the head coach talked to his team about the impact they have outside the team. Bellotti mentioned to his squad that it was a year ago that Nick lost his dad. Nick said that Bellotti had asked him (because of the circumstances of losing his dad) if Nick was OK with making his official visit for the USC game. Nick told Bellotti that there wasn't any other place he wanted to be. Bellotti related the conversation he had with Nick to the team as an example of the kind of impact he was talking about. Bellotti's emotional challenge to the Ducks left a big impression on Nick Cody.

"Then he got pumped up about playing USC, I'd never seen him pumped up like that and it brought a tear to my eye," described Cody of the scene in the locker room. "It was awesome because the guys embraced it and I feel like I'm going to be a big part of the family."

The Oregon-USC game for Cody was just as exciting as it was for everyone else in attendance. Cody thought the contest was a back and forth affair that kept him on edge. He even resorted to sending text messages to other Oregon verbal commitments, keeping them appraised on what was going on. If they could be there or couldn't watch, they could at least keep the Ducks in their thoughts.

Cody has a regular community of prospective student athletes that he keeps in touch with around the country including Blake Cantu and Kelly Page in Texas, Garrett Embry in Georgia and DeWitt Stuckey and Rivera in California. The group stays in touch via text messaging and of course on the internet.

"We're pretty solid," Cody said of his friends.

Perhaps that group will now expand with some of the new friends he met this weekend.

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