July 24, 2012

Moorhead, Wyoming show mutual interest

The University of Wyoming's effort to further recruit the Pacific Northwest has brought them to Renton (Wash.) and defensive end Cody Moorhead. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Moorhead holds offers from Eastern Washington, Army and Wyoming and to hear him say it, the interest from Wyoming may be mutual.

Wyoming's new defensive coordinator, Chris Tomey is recruiting Moorhead and Moorhead said he has been very receptive to what Tomey has to say. Moorhead said Tomey came to his school, talked to his coach and the two have spoken over the phone several times.

"I have called him a few times and he is a big defensive guy," Moorhead said. "I think we have a lot in common. I think he is down-to-earth and a good guy. I would be happy to play with him. I am comfortable with it. Position-wise Chris Tomey and I would work together. I like the sound of that."

Moorhead said he has been told Wyoming is a lot like his native Washington and he likes what he is hears.

"I am a hometown boy. I really love Washington and I hear Wyoming is a lot like Washington," he said. "I still need to take the official visits and Wyoming will get one of those. I need to find a place that I am comfortable with. Right now, Wyoming sounds great to me."

Last season at Hazen High School, Moorhead was named the Conference's Defensive Player of The Year, leading his team to a birth in the Washington State Playoffs. Despite being named All-League on both offense (as a tight end, he had 11 catches, one touchdown last year) and defense, Moorhead said he is being recruited almost exclusively as a defensive end. He added Washington State has approached him about being a blocking tight end.

In addition to Wyoming, Moorhead also holds an offer from the United States Military Academy in West Point. He said he is considering the commitment playing for Army would entail both on the field and in the classroom.

"Serving in the Army - that is a huge commitment," Moorhead said. "Serving you country is one of the biggest things you can do. But if you aren't 100 percent into it you shouldn't do it. know that school is a hard school to get into academically and especially with a scholarship. With that comes a lot of gratefulness."

For Moorhead, the dream has always been to play in the National Football League and he said finding the highest level of competition to help him get there is one of his goals.

"If I had the great chance to be in the NFL, that is my dream," Moorhead said. "I think Wyoming is a program on the rise. You just have to make the right choice, because I want the highest level of competition possible to prepare me to try to reach my goals."

The two Pac-12 schools in Washington have both been in contact with Moorhead. While he says he is a hometown guy and grew up watching Pac-12 football, he said an offer from the in-state schools would not make them an automatic lock for his services.

"It doesn't (make them a favorite)," Moorhead said. "Of course every hometown kid loves the Huskies or the Cougars, but I need to be happy at a college or I won't have a good experience. If I did get an offer at WSU or UW, I would want to look into their program more, look into their dorms, look into their coaches, look into the environment more."

For now, Moorhead's plan is to stand pat rather than commit early. He said he is likely to make a commitment after the 2012 season. He said Washington told him he would be an in-season offer if they were going to extend a scholarship offer. He said Washington, like other schools, want to see his first couple of game films. Until then, he will plan his official visits and make a choice later in the year.

"I'll keep what I have in my pocket and be grateful for that and make my decision this winter," he said.

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