Junior to watch: DL Paul Cody

Paul Cody is a name many Trojan fans are already familiar with. The 6'2, 280 pound Los Altos defensive tackle, and brother of current Trojan Shaun Cody, has made a name for himself due to his constant motor and outstanding play, particularly against the run. As a junior last year, he picked up All-CIF and All-State underclass honors and he is hearing from a host of colleges. Not surprisingly, USC is among those showing interest."I'm looking at USC, definitely USC, UCLA, a lot of the Pac-10 schools, Arizona, Arizona State…" said Cody. He claims no leader, and while no offers have come his way as of yet, expect that to change in the coming months. He was invited to Junior Day at USC this weekend and he'll be attending that as well as the USC lineman camp this summer and "probably" the Nike camp, also at USC.

In discussing his priorities in choosing a school, Cody explained "I'm looking at academics, I'm looking at whether I get a chance to play, I'm looking at my position, and that's basically it…the program, the coaching." He also admitted that the lure of playing with his brother might be something that factors into his decision, "Yeah, we always talk about playing together. We just played together in high school so it would be nice to play together, definitely. That might influence my decision."

Due to the obvious family connection with USC, Cody has also had the opportunity to visit the campus and has come away with positive feelings, "SC, I mean, I've been down there with my brother. I checked it out. It's nice, the people are nice. My brother goes there, so you know." Cody also already knows many of the Trojan players and he is also familiar with defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, "Yeah, I know coach Orgeron pretty well actually. He's great…energetic. He's crazy, man. He gets after it."

Cody currently runs an impressive 4.9 forty and recently maxed 290 pounds on bench and he is working hard in the off-season, "I'm trying to get my speed up. I'm working on my speed and strength."


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