KU, NIU pushing hardest for Cozart

Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege quarterback Montell Cozart is one of the top prospects in the state of Kansas, and as such is being recruited by many of the BCS programs in the region. With visits to Iowa State, Kansas and Nebraska completed, the 2011 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year is taking a long look at things, and two are pushing harder than the rest.

Montell Cozart almost never stops moving.

A three-sport athlete embroiled in the daily hustle and bustle of life as a high school student, Cozart recently wrapped up his junior season on the basketball court for the Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege, and is awaiting the start of track in the spring.

Most Kansas Citians know him as the quarterback of the Stags, however, after a 2011 season that saw him win the coveted Gatorade Player of the Year award in the state of Kansas. And no matter what else is going on, Cozart makes time to keep his gridiron skills sharp.

With Spring Break in full swing, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete has been part of a group working virtually daily with local quarterback coach Justin Hoover; a group including some of the top prospects in the region. Those workouts have been regular throughout the winter, and Cozart has dedicated himself to them with an eye toward improvement in a few key areas – including his ability to throw across the middle.

"I've been working on that a lot," he said. "And then just perfecting footwork. Also I'm still working on sprintouts, that's a big thing for me."

On the recruiting front, Cozart has proven to be a top target of the Kansas Jayhawks. He was among the first area prospects to receive an offer from Head Coach Charlie Weis and his staff, and he visited the Lawrence, Kan. campus a few weeks ago unofficially for the program's Junior Day.

Since then, the Jayhawks have kept up the heat, thanks to the efforts of offensive line coach Tim Grunhard - who was until recently Cozart's head coach at Bishop Miege.

"I talk to Coach Grunhard probably every day," he said. "He's kind of trying to get me to commit soon, but he's also letting me ride it out."

Cozart has also visited Iowa State and Nebraska unofficially, and recently picked up his second offer, this one from Northern Illinois. The Huskies and Jayhawks are currently the two programs showing him the most interest.

Though he plans to visit Kansas during the spring for a practice or perhaps the annual Spring Game, he's slowing things down on the recruiting front for the moment.

"I don't have anymore visits going on," Cozart said. "I'm just working out here as a quarterback, and then (getting ready for) track."


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