Alex Kozan's list now includes bitter rivals

For a while, it looked as though four-star offensive lineman Alex Kozan (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian) was on the verge of narrowing his college list. He had 19 offers and had trimmed his list to seven list.

Kozan’s list, however, has increased from seven to nine in a matter of two weeks thanks to two BCS heavyweights -- and bitter rivals -- in Michigan and Ohio State. Kozan picked up the Michigan offer at the beginning of the month, and late Thursday, he was offered by Ohio State.

“It feels pretty good. I’m blessed to have these opportunities,” said Kozan, who is the sixth-ranked player in Colorado by ESPNU. It’s all hard work, and I have great coaches.”

Kozan, 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, was excited about both of his latest offers because he grew up in the Midwest. He was born in Cincinnati, and he’s lived in Illinois, Wisconsin and Kansas. Playing Big Ten football is intriguing, but he has stated that he’s still wide open with all of his options. He said he would like to make a decision either by the end of the year or very early in January.

Kozan’s original list of seven included Arkansas, Oklahoma State, LSU, Oregon, Colorado, Iowa and Illinois. He has added Michigan and Ohio State to the list, but he is looking to trim the list by three or four schools very soon. In the meantime, Kozan is currently doing his part to help defending Colorado Class 4A state champion Valor Christian stay unbeaten.

Kozan was scheduled to make a trip to LSU this weekend, but he decided to move the trip, as family members came in from out of town. Kozan said he hopes to visit LSU either the weekend of Nov. 12 for the game against Western Kentucky or shortly after the regular season.