KU Junior Day: Montell Cozart

The University of Kansas hosted its first Junior Day recruiting event of the year this weekend, and one of the most promising prospects in attendance was Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege quarterback Montell Cozart. Sunday, Scout.com caught up with the 6-foot-2, 180-pound signal caller to talk about his experience in Lawrence, Kan.

Montell Cozart is in a unique position when it comes to his interest in the University of Kansas.

He's the rare prospect who has a long-standing relationship with a member of the coaching staff. In this case, Jayhawks offensive line coach Tim Grunhard, who just a few short months ago was Cozart's head coach at Bishop Miege.

So Saturday, when he showed up at the Anderson Family Football Complex to begin his Junior Day visit, things between the two picked up right where they left off.

"It was a little different," Cozart said. "I loved Coach Grunhard. He's always been there for me. He took me under his wing this year being his quarterback, and the relationship is still there."

Grunhard wasn't the only coach with whom the athletic junior quarterback spoke, however. During the visit, he had the opportunity to meet individually with quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus as well as Head Coach Charlie Weis.

"He was a pretty nice guy," Cozart said, of Powlus. "He told me he watched a lot of film on me and liked stuff I'd done, but he also told me some stuff I can work on as well."

"I also met with Coach Weis," he added. "He was a nice guy, pretty straightforward. I liked him."

After a tour of the academic and athletic facilities, the prospects and their families settled in for lunch before heading over to Allen Fieldhouse for the afternoon contest between the Jayhawks and the Cowboys of Oklahoma State. It was Cozart's first trip to the Old Barn, and he came away impressed.

"It was pretty crazy," he said. "It was a good environment."

Though no scholarship offer was forthcoming, it's still extremely early in the recruiting process for the junior class, and Cozart said Weis made it clear the Jayhawks have him on their radar.

"He said they're very interested in me and he'll see what they want to do," Cozart explained. "He told me out of all the quarterbacks there, I was one of the main guys."

Next up, he has a potential visit to Nebraska next weekend, followed by Junior Day visits to Kansas State (Feb. 25) and Iowa State (March 3).

"Iowa State is one of the schools that I've received a lot of interest from, and Nebraska, so we'll see how those go," Cozart said.


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