Kozan Explains His Wait And Why He Chose AU

Auburn's newest football signee, Alex Kozan, talks about why he chose Auburn over Iowa, Michigan and many other colleges.

Highlands, Colo.--Waiting 26 days after national signing day to make a decision on his college choice, offensive lineman Alex Kozan made the Auburn coaching staff happy with his choice of the Tigers.

In an interview with Inside the Auburn Tigers, the 6-4, 295-pound senior at Valor Christian High School made it clear he is at peace with his decision even though it took a while.

"I just thought it was the best overall fit for me," Kozan said of his decision to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. "I have a really good relationship with the coaching staff. Auburn is a really good school.

"I just thought I fit in pretty well and the opportunity there is definitely intriguing," said Kozan, who is well aware that signing offensive linemen was a major area of need for Auburn's 2012 signee class.

"I just thought overall academically, athletically and spiritually it is probably the best place for me," he said.

Asked if it was a tough process coming to a decision after narrowing down hia scholarship offers from 29 colleges down to a final three, he said, "It was tough. Iowa and Michigan are great schools. It was hard to say no to them.

"I knew I had to make a decision eventually so I went with my gut and my gut was telling me Auburn," Kozan said. "I think the world of Michigan and Iowa. I just thought Auburn was the best fit."

Asked if it feels good to have made his choice, he answered, "Oh, yeah. I feel great. It is definitely a relief. It was a crazy recruiting process, but I am glad it is over. It definitely was a fun time and I will always remember it."

Alex Kozan holds the state championship trophy Valor Christian won his junior season.

Kozan earned All-State honors in leading his team to a state championship as a junior. As a senior he was an All-American and played his final game in the Semper Fidelis All-Star Game in Phoenix, Ariz.

Although he was mainly a tackle in high school, he said that Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes projects him as a guard. "I have played guard a little bit," he said. "I was mostly a left tackle like many high school offensive linemen (Division I signees). I am willing to move and play wherever. I just want to get on the field."

Scout.com projects him as a guard and rates him as the No. 16 prospect in the country at that position.

Commenting on why he took longer than most prospects to make his college choice, Kozan said, "A couple of days before signing day, I committed to Iowa. I woke up the next morning and I didn't feel good about it. It is not that Iowa isn't a good fit. It just didn't feel right.

"I called the Iowa coaches and told them I was going to re-think it and take a little more time," Kozan recalls. "I talked to the other staffs and they were okay were that. I told them I wasn't ready and I was going to take a little more time until I was ready.

"I went from there and they were all really respectful during that time after signing day even though I know it was a little awkward for them. It must have been tough for the schools and it got a little crazy for me.

"People kept asking me all of the time where am I going and other colleges tried to come in, but I stuck to the three schools Iowa, Michigan and Auburn and tried to make the decision."

Kozan, a student who takes honor classes in high school, is scheduled to graduate in May. He said that he will start classes at Auburn in late May or June.

Alex Kozan is shown during a spring practice prior to his senior season.

"I am going to throw the shot put and discus this spring, but preparing for college is going to be my focus," he said of his plans as he comes to the end of his days in high school.

"I am going to do the spring sports for fun and to compete, but I am definitely going to be taking those workout plans they are giving me and work at preparing to be ready when I get to college," he added.

The lineman noted he hasn't decided yet what he is going to major in at college, but said marketing in the school of business is a possibility. "There is still plenty of time to make that decision," he added.

Asked if he any one person was his main adviser on his college choice, he said, "There wasn't especially one person. My parents were both definitely liking Auburn, but at the end of the day it was my decision. There were times I was leaning toward Michigan or Iowa, but at the end of the day I decided Auburn was the best fit for me. My family gave their opinions, but they were definitely respectful of my decision."


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