Lineman Gets UCLA Offer

Nick Cody, the 6-7, 295-pounder from Brush Prairie (Wash.) Hockinson, had such a good showing in front of college coaches at the recent Nike Camp in Palo Alto that UCLA has offered him a scholarship. Cody talked about the offer and his recruitment...

With offensive tackles in California being scarce, UCLA is looking outside the Golden State for linemen, and Brush Prairie (Wash.) Hockinson tackle Nick Cody (6-6.5, 295) was the most recent recipient of a scholarship offer from the Bruin staff

"It actually came today (Tuesday)," said Cody. "I haven't even had the opportunity to talk to them, but they saw my game film and liked what they saw and thought it was good enough to offer. I'm planning to call them (Wednesday) to talk and discuss some things with them and get a little more info on their program. But it was great getting an offer from them."

On Tuesday evening, Cody also picked up an offer from California and he said Northwestern could be the next program to offer, along with Washington.

"You never know when a schools likes what they're going to see, so this is all happening kind of fast," said Cody. "At the Barton Camp, a lot of schools were really impressed, and at the Nike Camp at Palo Alto I did really well, and UCLA was the first school to offer me since then."

Cody has nine offers altogether, from UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Purdue, Stanford, Idaho State and Portland State.

Growing up near the Washington-Oregon border, Cody's loyalties are divided among the four schools in those states. "I've always followed all four of the Northwest Pac-10 schools," said Cody. "It's tough. Our school is torn between fans from all four so it's hard to have a favorite."

Couple that with the newfound interest in him from outside of the area, and Cody said he hasn't even had a chance to whittle his list down. "I don't have a top five right now because the list continues to grow," said Cody. "It's going to be a little longer before I decide because there are quite a few schools I'm hearing from."

This summer, Cody is planning to make a few unofficial visits, down to California and into Big Ten country. "I've been to all four of the Northwest schools so it was good to get in there and look at them. We'd like to go down to see Cal and UCLA sometime this summer and we're planning to take a look at Northwestern and take a quick trip to Purdue."

Cody said that despite the presence of the Northwest schools on his list, at this point, he's open to any region. "Right now, the area isn't going to affect my decision," said Cody. "I'm willing to go wherever I feel the most comfortable, even if it's the East Coast. I just want an opportunity to play college football. I'm trying to get a good education, get a good journalism degree and start writing. I've been on our own staff here at Hockinson (school newspaper) and it's been pretty cool."

Cody said that his mother is open to anything as well. "I lost my dad my junior football season, so it's just me and my mom," said Cody. "She's ready to pack up and move on wherever I go so the area doesn't matter. Wherever I play, we go."

Cody said that while he plays left tackle for Hockinson, he's fine with any positional changes that the prospective college he chooses recommends. "I like tackle, but it's going to be whatever my coaches want," said Cody. "I've got the size to play whatever spot. I can pass block. I can protect the quarterback. It's a matter of depth chart and what they need. I can play on both sides, but I play on the left side for my school."

Cody said his timetable varies but that he's getting a lot of help from his coaches. "I've been talking to my high school coaches and they're going to be really supporting me throughout this," said Cody. "I'd like to make a decision before school starts, maybe take one or two visits. It's hard to balance the recruiting, school, and my senior year of high school so I'd like to make a decision. But that's going to mean get out and take some unofficials, find a school where I have a good feel for it."

A good student, Cody has a 3.5 GPA and takes the SAT on Saturday. He also plays basketball for Hockinson and throws for the track team. "I want to try for the hurdles, but my coach won't let me," said Cody.

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