Then again, the Lakers seem to be a team that is always chock-full of players making big plays in big games. Kozuch proved his worth this season by having the tall task of being the main harasser of #5-ranked Midland High Elite 11 quarterback and Michigan State-bound Andrew Maxwell in a battle of undefeateds for what would ultimately be the conference championship. His Warriors capped off a 14-point 4th quarter comeback to win the game, 28-21, as Kozuch applied the pressure to force a sack to end the game.
The 6'3", 210-pound linebacker will be fitting right in at Allendale this fall, a city that has the usually-negative but rather endearing description of being a city in the middle of a cornfield...after all, Kozuch played his high school home games in a stadium where the PA announcer starts games with a hefty "Welcome to The Cornfield!" introduction.
As a senior, Kozuch was named to the All-SVL First-Team as a defensive end after collecting nearly 70 total tackles, nine sacks, three forced fumbles, a touchdown, and led the Warriors in "first contacts," a stat given to the player who makes the first hit on the ball-carrier during a play.
As a player who excelled at defensive end, linebacker, and offensive tackle in high school, it's only fitting that it sounds like he'll be used just as extensively during his career as a Laker. "They said I could be like what Skuta played...playing (defensive) tackle, end, and linebacker," Kozuch said.
He certainly has the speed for it, boasting a 4.62 40-yard dash during the high school season, and certainly has the smarts for it after compiling a 3.6 GPA so far in his high school career.
Kozuch was also drawing interest from Saginaw Valley State and Central Michigan, but chose Grand Valley based on not only football, but his educational expectations. He shared his excitement for the campus, saying "the school itself just looks amazing...we took a tour of all the buildings when I was there for testing and all the buildings just look brand new on the inside." It sure helps that he plans on majoring in exercise science, whose offices are now housed in the brand-new state-of-the-art Laker Turf building.
Of course, football was the main reason for his commitment though. "The program is awesome, the track-record speaks for itself, and I really like all the coaches," Kozuch said.
It is not yet known whether Kozuch will be on campus over the summer to participate in workouts and get a head-start on classes, but he does plan on attending the April spring game.
Stay tuned to GVReport.com in the coming weeks leading up to National Signing Day on February 4th for more commitments and prospect updates.