For Alex Kozan, a whirlwind journey of unofficial visits across the country this summer ended yesterday, as the Highlands Ranch (CO) Valor Christian three-star offensive lineman returned home from Eugene after recently visiting with head coach Chip Kelly and the rest of the Oregon coaching staff.
"Oregon is really unlike any place I have ever seen," Kozan remarked Wednesday afternoon. "They do stuff different, in terms of their philosophy, 'Win The Day.' They make it about every day and making it the best you can make it.
"Every other team you talk to, they focus on their long term goals, but Oregon is focused on today and making it the best you can be."
Not only did the program's "Win The Day" mantra positively impact Kozan's impression of Oregon, but the Ducks' facilities and support for student-athletes also left Kozan dazzled.
"Those facilities are some of the nicest I've seen," said Kozan, who has unofficially visited schools such as Auburn, LSU and North Carolina this summer. "I got to see Autzen Stadium, Hayward Field, the apartments, the Jaqua Center for Student Athletes, which is just ridiculous...really you can tell that Phil Knight and Oregon care a lot about the program, and overall, it's just an amazing place."
Despite being rather satisfied with what he witnessed on his visit, Kozan says that there was never an urge on his part to commit and end the process. "I always promised myself I would never decide on the visit," Kozan revealed. "I never seriously though about committing on the visit or any other visit." Kozan did admit, however, that Oregon will be in his final seven schools; a cut he anticipates making within the next couple of weeks.
"I've already decided that a couple (of schools) are already in there," said Kozan. "Oregon's already in there, LSU's already in there, Colorado's already in there, and so is Iowa...I just want to stay classy with it. I want to make sure to tell the other programs first, who didn't make the cut, before I tell anyone else."
After making his final cut, the next step for Kozan will be to schedule official visits before he'd like to ideally make a commitment towards the end of October. According to Kozan, the Oregon coaches said that they plan on taking three offensive line commitments this recruiting cycle and that, "I'm right at the top of their board." With that in mind, Kozan is not only willing, but optimistic, that an official visit to Eugene can and will be made with relative ease.
"There's direct flights from Denver to Eugene," opined Kozan, "so I could even go up after a Friday game and stay up there Saturday and Sunday.
"They said they really want me to come up for an official visit."
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