Kozan Reflects on Iowa Visit

2012 Colorado Offensive Line Prospect Alex Kozan spent his first official visit to Iowa City this weekend. The talented Valor Christian product reflected on his visit and what might be next in his recruitment with Hawkeye Insider.

Alex Kozan saw a lot of things to like on his official visit to Iowa this weekend. He also decided that he wants to keep looking.

"Overall, Iowa was a great visit for me," the Class of 2012 offensive lineman said. "Iowa is a great fit for me. I left telling the coaches they have a great program.

"Hearing their timeline, they're not really in a rush. They're only looking at two more guys (on the offensive line), me and another guy. The other guy isn't supposed to commit for a while. They said they wanted me to take my time but they really wanted me to come to Iowa.

"I told them I was going to take these other visits and really find out the best place for me. I really want to make sure that I'm making the right decision."

Iowa was Kozan's first official visit. He toured most of the schools among his finalists in the spring and summer.

"I'm planning on going to LSU, but I haven't scheduled an exact date for that yet," Kozan said.

Kozan, ranked by Scout.com as the 19th-best guard nationally for '12, also is considering Arkansas, Illinois, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Colorado for official visits. He now has a measuring stick after seeing the Hawkeyes officially.

"I really saw everything I wanted to see," Kozan said of the weekend. "I got a really good feel for the University of Iowa and Iowa City. It was cool to see Kinnick (Stadium) on game day. It was just kind of cool to see how they operate at Iowa."

Kozan, from Highlands Ranch, CO, said he connected with fans, coaches and Hawkeye players on his visit. He saw the business school and the academic learning center. He spoke with Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Doyle as he had on his unofficial visit to Iowa in March.

"I met with Coach (Kirk) Ferentz and got a better feel for who he is," Kozan said. "He told me how he approaches coaching. He talked about his background. He talked about his stability at Iowa.

"I like how they take an even-kiel approach. They just focus on what they do and try to be the best team they can be. They don't really worry about anybody else."

Kozan said he watched offensive linemen training tapes with position coach Reese Morgan.

"What I took away from that is that there's just a ton of stuff in making the transition from high school to college," Kozan said. "There's a lot to work on, especially technique. There are so many technique things to work on to become a great offensive lineman."

Kozan said he concentrated on offensive line play on Saturday when watching the Hawkeyes dismantle ULM, 45-17.

"I was in the south end zone, so it was a back angle," he said. "I got to see their footwork and how they were moving on the field."

Kozan said that his Valor Christian High team runs man-to-man and zone blocking schemes. He feels he would fit in well with Iowa's zone.


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