Kozan Traveling to Iowa

Alex Kozan has received scholarship offers from some of the top football programs in the country. The highly-regarded O-Lineman from Colorado has scheduled his first official visit to Iowa for this weekend. HI caught up with the talented prospect to get an update on his recruitment.

Alex Kozan experienced a jam-packed summer vacation. The Class of 2012 recruit traveled the country from North Carolina to Oregon and many points in-between.

Kozan, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman from Highlands Ranch, CO, has prepared himself for choosing a college. He hasn't complete the task, however.

"I'm starting to narrow it down pretty good," Kozan said. "At the same time, I really don't know yet. I'm going to take my time and really make the best decision for me and just go to the place I feel is the best fit for me."

Kozan scheduled his first official visit for this weekend at Iowa. The Hawkeyes made his list of finalists along with Arkansas, Illinois, LSU, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Colorado.

"This is the only (official visit) that I've set so far," Kozan said. "I'm probably going to take a couple of others. I just don't have set dates on them yet.

"Schools that I'm considering for my officials visits are the schools that have offered me and made the cut list."

Kozan, a three-star prospect on Scout.com's five-star scale, said he probably wouldn't use one of his five official visits on Colorado because it's so close to home. Scout.com ranks him as the 19th-best offensive guard nationally in the '12 class.

Iowa played host to Kozan on an unofficial visit in March. He was anxious to get another look at the school.

"Iowa was one of my first unofficials," he said. "Since then, I've made a ton of others. So, I'll compare back to all the visits and see if it's still as good as I thought it was. It will probably be better."

Kozan has some objectives in mind for this weekend.

"I'm looking to get to know more of the coaching staff," he said. "I want to talk to the strength and conditioning coach (Chris Doyle). I want to get a better feel for the game day atmosphere and see what the team chemistry is like."

The Hawkeyes have revealed themselves to Kozan during the recruiting process.

"I know what they're about," he said. "That's the reason I'm visiting. I really like them. They're a great program. They do a good job doing things the right way.

"They develop their offensive linemen. They have a great strength and conditioning program. They offer a great education. There's nothing wrong with Iowa and there are great things about it. So, I really do like Iowa a lot."

Iowa has remained in contact with Kozan throughout the year and continues to build its relationship with the talented senior from Valor Christian.

"I talk to Coach (Reese) Morgan every week," he said. "He calls me and I talk to him about their games and all sorts of stuff."

Top-ranked Valor is off to a 3-0 start after winning the Colorado Class 4A title a year ago. It takes on 3-0 and No. 3 in Class 5A Pomona Thursday night.

"I feel like this is by far my best season," Kozan said. "I feel like I've gotten better every year and it's continuing this year. I've made great strides in my overall technique and effort every play."

Kozan is at least as serious about academics as he is about football. He hopes to study business on college.

" I look at the business school rankings and their overall reputations," Kozan said. "Iowa has a great business school in Tippie.

"I met with the academic side when I was there on my unofficial. I will probably meet with them again. That will be good, too."

Like many top recruits, Kozan is trying to balance school work, football and recruiting.

"You get it a lot in the hallways from the teachers and classmates," Kozan said. "They ask me where I'm going every day. You have to focus on your priorities, but you have to focus on your future, too, and making a decision."


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