Thursday, February 28, 2013
2014 LB Bodine works to add interest
By Mason Kelley
Sam Bodine (Canby, Ore./Canby) wanted to know where he fit among Oregon’s top prospects.
So the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker tested his talent at Barton Football Academy elite events before his junior season. He held his own, but “I wasn’t the best guy out there, by any means.”
He used that as motivation. He wanted to become one of the state’s top recruits.
“Last summer, I put in a lot of work in on those drills, training, covering,” Bodine said. “I went to a few camps. Whenever I got free time, I would go to the school, get some of my friends and just work on drills, get better.”
Now, as he gets a head start on his senior season, Bodine is still working to become a top prospect.
“The fact that I know that playing Division-I football is a very high possibility for me motivates in everything I do -- academics, weight room, going hard in everything,” Bodine said. “That way, when I get there, it’s not such a big jump for me.”
BYU is the first program to show interest in Bodine. He said outside linebackers coach Kelly Poppinga invited him to the Cougars’ junior day.
But, since he has yet to land a scholarship offer, Bodine continues to try and catch the attention of college coaches.
“I don’t have an offer, so anybody that wants me, I’m open to hear it,” said Bodine, who would like to earn interest from Northwest programs like Oregon, Oregon State and Washington.
Bodine is still attending elite events, working to add weight and get faster. He is confident the hard work will eventually pay off with a scholarship offer.
“Hopefully it’s going to start picking up,” he said. “I’m just waiting.”