Kozan enjoys ASU visit

Offensive guard Alex Kozan doesn't know when he will make his commitment, but no one will mistake him for being a procrastinator during the recruiting process. The Highlands Ranch, Colo. standout has been on extensive tour of college programs and his last stop was last Monday at Arizona State. Devils Digest talked to Kozan about his unofficial visit and his impressions of the Sun Devils.

"It was a great visit and it allowed me to get a better feel for the program," said the 6-4 295 pound Alex Kozan. "I got to meet with all the coaches and really got to know the campus. I am familiar with Arizona State because I lived here for a few years when I was a child and I went to a few of their games back then. But obviously I never saw the behind the scenes of the football team like I did now.

"I was impressed with the coaches' football knowledge and you can tell how close this team is to getting back on track and being a conference champion."

Arizona State has offered Kozan in February and has been recruiting him in earnest since then. Leading those efforts is linebackers coach Trent Bray, who recruits the state of Colorado among other territories for ASU.

"Coach Bray is a very cool guy," Kozan commented. "He obviously knows what it's like to be a college football player because he was one himself not too long ago. One thing that is also cool is that his old strength coach at Oregon State is now my coach at Valor Christian High School."

Kozan plays left tackle for his high school, but was told by the Sun Devil staff that he had the potential to play guard or even center as well. Whichever position he would suit up for the maroon and gold if and when he committed, he knows that he would be part of an attractive offense.

"I like a lot of things about the Arizona State offense," Kozan explained. "I like how the whole team plays with speed, that's probably the thing I like most about it. They have a balanced offense which is important.

"I feel I'm a versatile, physical and a smart player. I do a good job reading the defense and I have very quick feet. Like any lineman at any level you always have to work on your technique. Contact with the hands in the run block is another thing I need to work on."

The guard reported weight room marks of 550 lbs. squatting, 330 benching and 390 in the power clean.

Kozan has taken visits to Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Northwestern and Arizona.

"I think visiting as many schools as possible is the best way to get a feel for each school," Kozan stated. "You have to see what the right fit for you is and you base that on the campus life, the coaches and stuff like that.

"I don't know when I will find the right feel and commit to a school. It might happen in the summer, it might happen later. But I might want to take a couple of official visits because I just love the game so much and seeing great college football games on your visit is one of the perks (of recruiting). I'm not narrowing down anything and just trying to find the right fit football wise and academic wise."

Kozan added that right now the only school he plans to unofficially visit in the summer is Arkansas and that if other schools start showing stronger interest than before he may consider checking them out as well. Furthermore, he doesn't anticipate attending any team camps or combines.

"I want to assume more of a leadership role on my team," Kozan explained, "and it's important for me to be with my teammates practicing in the summer. We were 11-3 last year and we won the (4A) state championship. We have 18 starters coming back so we have a good chance to repeat."

With over a dozen offers spanning across all four time zones, Kozan in naturally open to playing away from home although he wouldn't mind if his college career took place in his home state.

"At the end of the day you have to make the best decision for you," Kozan said. "It's an athletic decision, an academic decision…just a place that is right for you."


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