Highlands Ranch, Colo.--A three-star guard according to Scout.com, big Alex Kozan already has more than 20 scholarship offers and the chances are pretty strong that list could continue to grow throughout the summer and heading into his senior year at Valor Christian High.
One of the schools that could come on board is the defending national champion Auburn Tigers.
On Thursday, Kozar and his family took an unofficial visit to Auburn to check out the campus and facilities and meet with Offensive Line Coach Jeff Grimes. After seeing everything in person the 6-4, 295-pounder said it was a very good first visit to the Plains.
"It was good," he noted. "I talked to Coach Grimes on the phone. He stopped by my school during the spring and said I should come out and visit and that's what I did. I'm visiting a lot of schools in the South and just wanted to get a better feel for what Auburn was all about. Today helped me learn a lot more about Auburn.
"I knew that Coach Grimes was one of the best offensive line coaches in college. I knew that they were the national champions obviously. I learned a lot about how it's a very spiritual university. There are a lot of Christians. I learned more about the strength and conditioning program with Coach (Kevin) Yoxall. I learned a lot and it really helped me get a better feel for Auburn."
It was Grimes who first got Kozan's attention when he stopped by the school, but since that time he has heard more and more about the Tigers. Much of that is because Auburn already has a commitment from an offensive lineman from Colorado and only minutes from Kozan's house.
"It was Coach Grimes showing the interest and I thought Auburn could be a good place," Kozan said. "Shane Callahan from Colorado, he committed to Auburn so that also drew my interest. I know him. He only lives five minutes from me."
Spending a great deal of time with Grimes, Kozan said he got a great feel for what Auburn is all about on the off the field. He also said he has a greater respect for them because of the way they have handled his recruiting to this point.
"He said they are looking at me as a guard or center," Kozan said. "They're not offering me yet, but he thought that they would. Nothing is guaranteed because it's the recruiting process, but he said they would have a better idea after their next camp. We'll see what happens. He saw me as a guard, but said I'm smart enough to play center. He said he really liked me as a player.
"Every school has their own timetable and their own process and I respect that. I respect a school a lot more for really waiting and making sure they know everything about a recruit and making sure all their boxes are checked instead of a school that just throws out offers."
With plenty of options at the moment, Kozan said Auburn is now a school he'll seriously consider putting in his top group if the Tigers come through with an offer. Right now only the Iowa Hawkeyes are a sure bet to be in things until the end for him.
Planning to cut his list down to 5-7 colleges late in the summer and make a decision in October, Kozan said after visiting Oklahoma State, Arkansas, LSU and Auburn his next stop is South Carolina with North Carolina and Vanderbilt to follow. Taking time to see some of his favorite schools should give him a better idea when it comes time to narrow his list down he said.
"It's great," Kozan said. "Living in Colorado a lot of the schools are just a logo on the screen. To be able to come to the school and meet the people and see all that they have is just a blessing. Not everybody can do it. I'm very thankful for my parents."