Cozart makes it two for Kansas in 2013

Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege quarterback Montell Cozart was an early priority for the coaching staff at the University of Kansas, and Saturday Head Coach Charlie Weis landed his man when the 6-foot-2, 180-pound signal caller gave his verbal commitment to the Jayhawks.

Traveling to Lawrence, Kan. on Saturday morning. Montell Cozart had a pretty good idea he would leave campus a Kansas Jayhawk.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback from Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege was the first local prospect from the Class of 2013 to receive a scholarship offer from Head Coach Charlie Weis and his staff, and in the weeks since the Jayhawks have kept up the pressure; their recruiting efforts spearheaded by Cozart's former high school coach, and current Kansas offensive line coach, Tim Grunhard.

He'd spoken to his parents about it, and while they were supportive they wanted him to enjoy the recruiting process. After all, he'd already garnered offers from Minnesota, Northern Illinois and West Virginia in addition to the one from Kansas, and it was still early.

Still, they liked what Kansas had to offer.

"They weren't really hesitant about it," Cozart said. "The first time we went up to KU they were pretty sold. They liked Coach Weis and they liked the environment."

So as he watched practice Saturday along with a sizable number of recruits, his decision solidified. The enthusiasm and intensity of the atmosphere began to suck him in.

"You can tell everybody is hungry," Cozart said. "As practice was going on I was watching the QBs, and some of the stuff they were working on is some of the stuff I do working with Coach (Justin) Hoover."

Afterward, Weis brought Cozart into his office to get a feel for where he was in the process. He gave the talented young quarterback the recruiting spiel, and asked him what he was waiting on.

Why not commit?

That's when Cozart told him.

"I used the LeBron line," the Dwayne Wade and Miami Heat fan said. "I told him I wanted to take my talents to the University of Kansas."

In Cozart, the Jayhawks see everything they look for in a prospect - a talented football player, a strong leader and an all-around great kid. Now that he's committed, they've got a new task for him.

They want him to be a recruiter. And he's ready to get to work.

"That's my job now," Cozart said.

The 2011 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, as a junior last season Cozart completed more than 65-percent of his passes en route to 31 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He rushed for almost another 500 yards on the ground, and an additional seven scores.

He is the second Class of 2013 prospect committed to Kansas, joining Basehor (KS) Linwood tight end Ben Johnson.


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