SUBIACO, Ark. – Once again Lyon College head football coach Kirk Kelley went the route of the offensive/defensive line when signing a prospect for the 2014 football team and for the second time he came up ‘big’ as the Scots signed Subiaco Academy lineman Cody Eveld to an NAIA Letter of Intent to play for the Scots.
The signing of the 6-0, 260-lb. Eveld follows the signing of 6-3, 255-lb. Batesville High School senior Garett Denton earlier this month. It already appears as though the Scots are building their team around a bulky offensive and defensive line. Both players currently play on both sides of the line and both have impressed Kelley.
Kelley said that Eveld actually approached Lyon College about playing for the Scots and he’s glad the senior took that step.
“We are getting more and more high school players approaching us through online questionnaires or calls saying they want to play football at Lyon College – which is a great thing,” Kelley said this week. “There are a lot of talented athletes out there that fit what we’re looking for with this program and this college and we’re taking a good look at each and every one of them.”
Eveld is an offensive and defensive tackle for Subiaco Academy, a Class 4A private school in northwest Arkansas. He is a four-year player of the program, who has also excelled in the classroom, as well. He is in the National Honor Society, has steadily been on the school’s honor roll and serves on the student council, holding the position of student body president.
“Cody is a great find and a perfect fit for us,” Kelley explained. “He wants to go to law school. And when he came to Lyon for a visit he was impressed with Dr. (Terrell) Tebbetts [Martha Heasley Cox Chair in American Literature]. I think he’ll be an excellent fit in the classroom.
“When it comes to character, Cody has it big-time. His high school coach loves him and speaks very highly of him. And when I met him in person, he has one of those personalities that is going to draw people to him.”
Kelley also feels that Eveld will be a solid fit in the football program.
“He is a great player that does a fantastic job on both sides of the ball,” Kelley said. “He is a tackle on both sides and has great size and quickness. Where his best fit will be in college we’ll have to see, but like Garet (Denton), he fits the mold here.
“And the fact that he came to us shows he wants to play the game at the next level. We took a look at him and liked what we saw very much.”
Cody is the son of Doug and Kelly Eveld of Charleston.
Subiaco Academy was founded in 1887 in Subiaco, Arkansas. It is a Benedictine College-Prep Boarding and Day School with young men from eighteen states and seven nations. It continues to maintain the tradition of an acceptance rate of 100% for college and military admissions.