Montell Cozart has been waiting for this.
With recruiting winding to a close for the Class of 2012, college coaches are beginning to ramp up the heat with junior talents such as Cozart, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback from Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege.
"Everybody has been telling me, 'Now they're coming for your jersey,'" he said. "I'm getting very excited. From a young age, it's one of those things I always wanted - to be recruited by a D-1 program - and now it's here."
Cozart will join many of the top underclassmen prospects from the Kansas City region and the state of Kansas at-large this weekend at the University of Kansas, for the football program's first Junior Day recruiting event of the year.
The athletic quarterback has more than a cursory connection to the Jayhawks, thanks to the presence of recently-hired offensive line coach Tim Grunhard. The former Kansas City Chief served as the head coach at Bishop Miege from 2006 until he joined the Kansas staff in December.
"It's not too far away from home," Cozart said, of Kansas. "It would be easy for people to come and watch me play. I believe KU is going to build the program, looking at all the recruits they've gotten and the transfers they've gotten."
As a junior in 2011, Cozart was named the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year after throwing for 2,448 yards and 31 touchdowns, completing 65.7-percent of his passes in the process. He also rushed for an additional 534 yards and seven touchdowns.
As a member of the Stags basketball team, Cozart has been focusing on the hardwood since the football season came to a close. However, he still makes time for frequent workouts dedicated to football.
"I'm still doing quarterback workouts and lifting," he said. "But basketball has been my main focus for now. Every weekend I've been working out with my QB coach, still touching up on mechanics and accuracy."