May 5, 2011

Kozan takes his time

Looking at the profile of Alex Kozan, you would be hard-pressed to come up with a major college conference not represented by a scholarship offer. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive tackle from Valor Christian High School just outside of Denver said he is enjoying the process and getting out to see the schools who have expressed an interest in him.

"I am up to 13 now," Kozan said when asked how many offers he had. "The latest is from Vanderbilt. When I got the first offer from Arizona State, it was extreme joy and the culmination of a lot of hard work. I am not out to try and get 40 offers or something like that, I am just looking for the schools who are a good fit for me."

Towards that front, Kozan said he has visited 11 schools already trying to find a place that meets his criteria for his school of choice. He said he is looking for a strong Business program; a school that is competitive in their conference, a coaching staff he can have a strong relationship with; a strength and conditioning program with a history of producing NFL players and a Christian atmosphere where he feels he can grow his faith.

"So far I have been just going to the schools locally and I went to Wisconsin to see some friends, so I visited about four or five schools along the way," he said. "I looked at programs that were interested in me, that had invested in their facilities and got a feel for the coaching staffs at each."

Kozan was in Fort Collins for the Colorado State Junior Day this spring and said he got a look at the Rams' new indoor practice facility and got to learn a little more about the program.

"It was a great place," Kozan said. "In the past they have been a top-25 team and gone to a lot of bowls. That was good for me to learn because I am not originally from Colorado and I have moved seven times in my lifetime."

Kozan said his father is a market strategist and moved to Denver for a job.

Kozan added that the Rams still have a shot at his services. Thus far he has not eliminated any schools and he is friends with CSU signee and former Valor teammate George Maumau.

"They (CSU) is still in the mix," Kozan said. "Last year they signed one of my best friends in George. It would be a lot of fun to play with him again in college."

Where ever Kozan selects as his future school, don't expect the decision to come soon. He said he has not named any favorites and doesn't plan to make a decision in the near future.

"I haven't really narrowed it down yet," he said. "When I decided on which high school to go to I didn't decide until about a week or two before practice started. I take time with my decisions."

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