Faulkner: More than meets the eye

Cody Faulkner is garnering plenty of attention from recruiters, but he is more than a football star

Cody Faulkner, a 6-foot-5 1/2, 305-pound class of 2006 prospect, is a highly sought after offensive lineman from Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia, Ind. Rated the Scout.com No. 49 prospect in the Midwest, Faulkner already has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Indiana, Wyoming, Ball State, Northwestern, Kentucky and Miami of Ohio.

Faulkner has camped at Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida, Indiana and Alabama.

When asked about Cincinnati, Faulkner said, "I met Coach Staten (Bearcats tight ends and tackles coach Mark Staten) at the Ohio State camp. I really liked him a lot. I could see myself playing for a coach like that.

"Cincinnati would be in the mix if they offered."

Faulkner's father played tight end at the University of Florida and played in the NFL.

Along with his athletic achievements, however, Faulkner is most proud of his off the field accomplishments, which do not receive nearly the same level of publicity.

"I have a black belt in karate; I am also an eagle scout as well," Faulkner said. "I also compete in the 4H program. My areas of focus are painting, rockets, models and this year photography."

It is easy to say Faulkner is a Renaissance man.

Faulkner also raised more than $106,000 for a veteran's memorial, through his work as an eagle scout. It took three years to raise the money.

"I have also been on two missions to Jamaica to help build churches," he said. "That's what I want to do with my career; I want to major in engineering or architecture. That way I can design churches."

"My mother always wanted us to be well rounded so she made sure we were into a lot of different activities," Faulkner added. "I would like to play in the NFL like my dad but that's not the most important thing in my life.

"I want to be able to give back to others."

Faulkner gave no indication about when he would make his college decision.

"I will commit when I find the right school," he said. "I want to be able to do my community work and that's important for me."

Scout.com has this to say about Faulkner: Gives 110 percent effort on every play. Very good short-area blocker. Big, athletic road grader. Has size, strength, power and bulk to dominate when he plays with leverage. Very good lower-body strength. Dominates as a drive run blocker. Plays to the whistle. Shows nastiness. Powerful hands. A guard at the next level.

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