December 22, 2011

Kozan takes final visits, plans a decision

Michigan's interest in Castle Rock (Colo.) Valor Christan offensive lineman Alex Kozan picked up suddenly in October when his first contact with the Wolverines' coaching staff resulted in a scholarship offer for the 6-4, 295-pound prospect. At that time, Michigan seemed to be in a muddled group near the bottom of his top eight, but due to the persistence of their recruiting effort, they managed to get near the top.

Kozan repaid their persistence with an official visit the weekend of Dec. 9. He and Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward tight end Sam Grant were the only uncommitted prospects on the visit, but that made for a more welcoming atmosphere.

Some of Michigan's commitments were even doing their part to help with the recruiting process for Kozan and Grant. They tried to convince the two prospects that Ann Arbor is the place to spend the next four years of their respective football careers.

Kozan visited the defending national champion the following weekend, and the trip to Auburn should be his final official visit. He has a final group of six schools - Ohio State, Iowa, Oregon, and LSU are also in the mix - and is hoping to make a decision as soon as possible. That could come as early as Jan. 3.

Whichever school Kozan ultimately selects will be getting a fine offensive line specimen. He lines up at left tackle for his high school team - where he didn't give up a sack this season, en route to a state championship - but is expecting to play guard in college. He is a four-star prospect whom Rivals ranks the No. 30 offensive tackle and No. 239 prospect overall nationally, and the No. 5 prospect in the state of Colorado.

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