On a plane heading back to West Point tonight is 6'4"- 275 Pound Defensive End Cody Moorhead of Haze High School. His mind full of questions and anticipation for the weekend he is down to three. They are all great choices for the kid many felt was Mountain West or Pac 12 Material.
"It's going to be a great trip. I am excited to see the facility and meet the coaches and staff," said Cody.
Air Force, Army, and Idaho are his final three. The high honors student came close to a Stanford offer working through a grey-shirt option. Other Pac 12 schools like him too. And there is a lot to like.
His motor is the thing. The powerful edge rusher has terrific balance and is one hard kid to defend against. Once he flips the switch its on until the play is over. Moorhead was the best Defensive End we saw all year for the most part.
We loved him at the NW Elite Football Camp at Mercer Island run by Cole Morgan and Eddie Behringer. He was the D'line MVP there out of hundreds of campers. That camp is open again for registration and should not be missed.
You can catch his film right here. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1114099/highlights/19884391
We talked openly about what he could have done to maybe tip that bigger school. And while there may have been a thing or two he heads into the final weekend happy with his options.
"I am blessed. There are not regrets. To be able to go to college and play at any of these places is going to be awesome. Going into the Army visit I am analyzing the opportunity and the commitment too."
He felt great at the official visit to Idaho he took and liked Air Force too. He talked a lot about Paul Petrino and the impression he left.
"Coach Petrino is driven and has a vision for Idaho and I believe he will take the program to a new level. That could be a great fit for me too."
One thing is for sure. Whoever gets this very bright young man is going to land a good one. Truly he could play Pac 12 ball. As we finished the call he said this.
"The Big Time is Where You Are," said Cody borrowing the phrase that is the title for the book written by all time great PLU Coach Frosty Westering. "Wherever I go is going to be perfect for me and I will work non-stop every day from the moment I get to campus."
Great kid. This story will have a really happy ending.