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Wednesday, July 16
Call waiting for Shaun Cody




The phone rings at Shaun Cody's house a lot. Notre Dame. Ohio State. USC. UCLA. Miami. Most of the big-name college programs want a few minutes with the 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end from Los Altos High (Hacienda Heights, Calif.).

It's gotten to the point where Cody has reserved Monday as "Recruiting Call Day," and he has asked his father to screen the rest of his calls Tuesday through Sunday. That's worked to some extent, but with 20 calls a day coming into the Cody household, it's hard not to pick up the receiver when it starts making noise.

And until the highly coveted defensive end commits to one of the several Division I programs pursuing him, he's not expecting the phone to stay quiet.
Shaun Cody
Los Altos High (Calif.) defensive end Shaun Cody is one of the top defensive linemen in the nation.

"I'm still open as to where I want to end up," says Cody, who leads Los Altos with 10 sacks and is second on the team with 59 tackles. "I really want to concentrate on this football season right now, and after that I'll start looking at colleges. I look at this season as a chance for us to be the best team Los Altos has ever had."

Considering the history of the No. 4 team in the Los Angeles area, that's saying plenty. But this year's Conquerors are a special bunch, with Cody, quarterback Felipe Aguilar, receiver Ramon Martinez and end Travis Parker. Although Wilson High will present a challenge, Los Altos is the favorite in the Miramonte League and the Division VII playoffs.

"You see him play and you're just thanking God he's on your team because I don't know how I'd attack him," says Los Altos head coach Greg Gano. "He's the best football player that has come through this school, and we've had some great ones."

Yet the modest Cody has taken the attention in stride. Since he has played football with his teammates for years, the nationally touted Cody is just another one of the "dudes."

"He's not the only kid getting accolades, and our kids have known him now for a long time," says Gano. "They don't care (if he gets national attention) because he deserves everything he gets. If he was a jerk or a turd, there would be problems, but he's not."

Cody has also started at tight end this year for the Conquerors, hauling in 25 catches for 457 yards and seven touchdowns. But it's on defense where Cody feels more comfortable.

"I like putting the hurt on someone else instead of them putting it on me," he says.



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