May 31, 2012

DE, Cody Moorhead has Army atop his list

The Army coaching staff continues to diligently hammer out offers as they seek out those prospects that have the kind of attributes that make them unique compared to that of the typical college football recruiting.

Yes, they still are interested in a players forty time, vertical leap, shuttle time ... but the intangibles that continue to be part of what Ellerson and his staff look for are what has made each Army recruiting class better than the year before.

So it's no surprise that an often dominating defensive lineman like Cody Moorhead has turned some heads within the ranks of the Black Knights' staff.

The Seamount Interior Linemen of the Year is a three sport prospect, who also excels academically.

"I am a 4-year starter, two-year team captain, I play multiple positions, I have a 3.75 GPA and passion for football," explains an excited Moorhead.

"I'm having a good year so far. I just started spring football a couple days ago and I just got an offer from Army. They offered me about a month ago and Coach Ian Shields did."

And what are Moorhead's thoughts surrounding his first collegiate offer? "I was very excited about that, I've worked very hard for it," he stated. "I've put the effort in the offseason with a personal trainer. I have been working hard in the classroom too. Just having fun and playing three sports and been to the states in three sports."

I know he was flattered by the Army offer," says Hazen Head Coach, Drew Oliver. "They were the first one to come calling and they've been pretty interested from the beginning. From a coaches' perspective and I've talked to Coach Shields ... the 40 year old sales pitch hits home with me, but it's hard to have a 17 year old kid look that far down the road, but Cody has."

Moorhead tips the scales at 6-foot-4, 258 pounds and his primary role is at defensive end. Although it looks like he will be moved from tight end to guard at Hazen.

"He's a tall, big, aggressive player that loves the game," adds Oliver. "He has got a real fast motor ... high energy type of kid. A lot guys at this point have closed more doors than they have open. Cody's kept everything available and open because of his strong academics.

Statistically, Moorhead had approximately 12 sacks and 28 tackles last year and has been named All-Conference since his freshman year, along with being a two year captain for Hazen.

For Moorhead, Army's pursuit and courtship is a part of his recruiting that soon to be senior will be hard press to ever forget.

"It stated where I had filled out an Army questionnaire and sent in my film," he shared with GoBlackKnights.com. "Coach Shields further evaluated that and I called him on the phone and he said that they were interested."

"About a couple weeks later they told me that they were offering me a scholarship to play at Army. My first response was kind of like, I was flattered. To have Army offer you, well West Point is very prestigious, high academics, I was proud and I was baffled and excited at the same time ... so many mixed emotions. My parents were so proud and I think my dad was the most proud because he was my coach since I was six years old or so."

"My interest in Army is high because the opportunities there for my future is probably one of the best things that you can imagine coming out of college. You are sitting next to kids in the locker room who are future Presidents and CEO's of companies. I am real proud of my offer from Army."

"Cody would be a great fit for that program," claims Oliver. "I am very respectful at what goes on at the academies schools and in a way, I try to model my program after the discipline, after the hard work it takes to succeed at a level like that. Cody's been prepared now for four years to step into that. He knows that we expect hard work from our guys and he's shown that every step of the way."

Beyond Army, Moorhead is getting looks from several other programs as well. I've had Cal come up and talk to me, I've had Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Boise come in and I've been getting letters from Oklahoma State and I had UCLA come up and I've also talked to Stanford," he declares. "Dartmouth camp come up and Yale too."

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Moorhead's recruiting throughout his senior campaign.

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