Montell Cozart picks up first offer

When Montell Cozart (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Bishop Miege) left the Kansas junior day on Saturday, he left with a new appreciation of the program and the coaching staff. He also left with an offer from head coach Charlie Weis.

Cozart, the reigning Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year, earned his first offer after a productive visit with Weis, quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus and the Kansas coaching staff. A 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior, Cozart led Bishop Miege to the quarterfinal round of the Kansas Class 5A state playoffs.

“I can’t even put it into words how excited I was,” Cozart said of the offer. “It’s good to have that first D-1 offer -- and from a school only 30, 45 minutes away.”

Cozart thought it was noteworthy that Kansas coaches knew who he was before he could introduce himself. He spoke of the hospitality at the junior day, in addition to the overall atmosphere and environment of Lawrence, Kan. His visit included a tour of the campus and ended with a trip to Allen Fieldhouse for the Kansas-Oklahoma State basketball game.

“They were interested in me, and I felt that way the whole day,” Cozart said. “It felt good knowing that they knew who I was. Ron Powlus is a great guy to talk to. He said I could fit in well with the new offense they’re putting in.

“I really liked the facility and how Coach Weis pushed academics first. For me, that’s a big thing. I also liked the weight room. They had a lot of new machines out, and I like to work out.”

Cozart earned Gatorade Player of the Year status by throwing for 2,448 yards and 31 touchdowns and completing better than 63 percent of his passes for Bishop Miege. Cozart’s athleticism alone makes him a hot commodity, as he runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and has a 35-inch vertical. His academic background, however, helped to put him over the top. Cozart owns a 3.55 grade-point average.

Along with the offer from Kansas, Cozart has heavy interest from Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Northern Illinois. He will attend the Nebraska junior day on Saturday, Kansas State’s junior day on Feb. 25 and Iowa State’s junior day on March 3.