Kansas City QB picks up two more

Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege quarterback Montell Cozart is one of the top prospects in the state of Kansas, and his recruitment is starting to catch fire. Already holding offers from Kansas and Northern Illinois, this week he picked up two more - one from the Big 10 and one from a future member of the Big 12.

If his recruitment were a game of NBA Jam, Montell Cozart would be dangerously close to catching fire.

It's been an exciting couple of days for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback from Roeland Park (KS) Bishop Miege, as he earned offers from two more BCS programs - Minnesota and West Virginia. Though Cozart has had limited contact with both schools to date, the Miege coaching staff utilized contacts at both schools to get his highlight tape front and center, and that was all they needed to see.

The 2011 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, Cozart is perhaps slightly more familiar with Minnesota as former Stags quarterback Max Shortell plays for the Gophers, but he hopes to visit both programs come summer.

Locally, the Kansas Jayhawks - the first program to extend him a scholarship offer - are keeping up the heat, led by former Miege head coach and current Jayhawks offensive line coach Tim Grunhard. His relationship with Grunhard, as well as Kansas head coach Charlie Weis, is a big reason for his interest in the program.

"Today he had me call him at lunch time," Cozart said, of Grunhard. "He heard about the offers so he was kind of tough on me saying they were going to crack down on me."

He will visit Kansas unofficially this weekend as spring football kicks off in Lawrence, Kan., and has plans to attend the program's spring game in late April.

As to a timeframe for a decision, it's still a ways off, but the fog is beginning to clear.

"I'm trying to get it done maybe by the end of the school year or sometime in the summer," Cozart said. "So I can just focus on the team and get to that (Kansas Class) 5A state championship next year."

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