Kozan Is Top Line Prospect In Colorado

Alex Kozan is rapidly shooting up the prospect lists and evaluations as one of the better offensive line prospects in the nation as evidenced by his 14 scholarship offers. The 6-4, 295-pound Kozan is big enough and athletic enough to play offensive tackle but also strong enough to be a power player at guard, and with his smarts on and off the field he could wind up as a line leader at center.

Kozan, from Highlands Ranch (Valor Christian), Colo., is currently working on winning a state championship in the discus.

"Track season is going pretty good and we have about three weeks left in the season," said Kozan. "I'm really working to win the state championship in the discus."

Kozan has a 330-pound max in the bench press and a 550-pound max on the squat. He also has a 25-inch vertical jump, very good for a lineman his size. Off the field the number are excellent as well with a 3.8 GPA and an ACT score of 27.

"My coaches have told me that will make college coaches happy and even more interested in me," said Kozan when complimented on his academics.

That has proven true as he has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Syracuse, and Utah.

Two recent offers came in from Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. Recent and consistent interest has come from UCLA, Oregon, LSU, Michigan State, and Oklahoma State.

Kozan said some of those schools have come by Valor Christian and others are expected soon. Kozan, who recently went on an unofficial to Arizona, his father's alma mater, has a plan for making a decision.

"The trip to Arizona went good," he said. "I lived out there for a couple of years so it was good to catch up.

"I'm just looking at what is out there for me, and there are still a lot of coaches that are coming to my school," added Kozan on his plan toward a decision. "I'd like to try and narrow it down to a smaller number of schools by June and then maybe have my decision by August.

"If that doesn't happen then that is okay. Because some of these schools are so far away I may need to take a few official visits and then make a decision. That would be okay."

Kozan is looking toward a degree in business and that is why Oklahoma State is in there with a chance as he has already checked out the Spears School of Business at OSU.

"There are four things I'm considering in my decision," said Kozan. "First is academics and how good the school's business program is because that is what I'm looking to major in. Second, is the success of the football program. How competitive the team is, if I could see myself playing there and having success.

"I'm also looking at the coaching staff and what my relationship is like and would be like with them. If I can see myself playing for them. I'm also looking at the strength and conditioning program, the coach and the facilities there."

Kozan is a really talented player and a young man that seems to be very prepared to go through the recruiting process.

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