Cozart comfortable at KU camp

Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege quarterback Montell Cozart has been committed to the Kansas Jayhawks for a while now, but this weekend his future coaches got the chance to see him throw in person - first at Friday Night Lights and then at an on-campus 7-on-7 tournament. The reigning Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year shared his thought on the experience with

It was a weekend loaded with football for Montell Cozart, and a good one, but Sunday night like millions of other people he planted himself firmly in front of his television to take in Game Three of the NBA Finals.

See, Cozart not only plays basketball for Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege, he's also a die-hard fan of the sport. College, NBA - it doesn't matter. And he's got strong opinions where the 2012 Finals are concerned, as his team is participating.

"The Heat, of course," Cozart said, when asked for his preference. "I'm a D-Wade fan. I've been following him since Marquette."

So how will the series play out?

"I've got the Heat in Game Six," he added.

Cozart earned a little late-weekend rest and relaxation after spending Friday and Saturday tearing it up on the gridiron at his future home - the University of Kansas.

Friday, he was one of more than 100 campers to attend 'Friday Night Lights' with the Jayhawks at Memorial Stadium, and one of a precious few who could claim not only an offer from Head Coach Charlie Weis, but status as a verbal commitment.

The reigning Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year had fun performing for his future coaches.

"My arm was a little sore coming from team camp (at Benedictine), but I just went out there and still had to put on a little show for the KU staff," Cozart said. "And then in one-on-ones I felt great completing passes. It was a great time."

During the camp, he got plenty of face time with the KU coaches including Head Coach Charlie Weis, quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus and even Charlie Weis, Jr.

"At the FNL camp I was in the individual period with Coach Powlus and Charlie Weis, Jr. and they were just talking about how well I threw, how impressed they were and how they can't wait to get me up there."

As he was throwing, Cozart admitted to feeling his mind drift toward the future a little bit, under the lights on the turf of Memorial Stadium.

"The whole time I'm there I'm just standing around envisioning playing in front of 50,000 (fans)," he said. "And you come down to that crucial moment where it's all on the line and the ball is in my hands."

Saturday, Cozart and his teammates from Bishop Miege attended a 7-on-7 tournament at Kansas, and emerged with a 5-1 record.

With a clear schedule through most of the rest of his summer, it's back to focusing on 6 a.m. workouts with the team and quarterback instruction with local guru Justin Hoover - all in preparation for a senior year with big expectations.

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