Despite big offer, Cozart still a KU commit

When Kansas commit Montell Cozart (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Bishop Miege) was offered by Illinois last week, he picked up his sixth offer – and arguably his most favorite.

Cozart grew up as an Illinois fan, and when the Fighting Illini extended a scholarship it made the 6-foot-2, 185-pound, dual-threat quarterback reweigh the pros and cons of his current commitment. After careful consideration, Cozart decided that his first instinct was better than his first love.

“I’m still solid to KU,” Cozart said. “Illinois offered as an athlete, so that isn’t something I want to do. My will and desire is to be a quarterback.”

Cozart, the reigning Gatorade Kansas Football Player of the Year, said Kansas is still his option but is open to hearing from other programs. He was recruited to Illinois by running backs coach Tim Salem and said the Illini caught his attention because of its offensive scheme.

“I really like their style of play as far as zone read, zone option,” Cozart said. “Also, it’s a pro-style offense, which I am used to. Another thing is that I have family in Illinois.”

Cozart said playing quarterback in college is big in his recruiting process. He threw for 2,448 yards and 31 touchdowns during his junior year.