Minnesota, West Virginia offer QB Cozart


From a recruiting perspective, this week has had a fairly decent start for quarterback Montell Cozart (Shawnee Mission, Kan./Bishop Miege).

On Sunday, Cozart picked up an offer from Minnesota. On Monday, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback arguably picked up his biggest offer, as West Virginia entered the mix. He now has four offers, as Minnesota and West Virginia joined Kansas and Northern Illinois.

“I feel pretty good,” Cozart said. “It’s always a good feeling for the country to know who you are and what you’re able to do. It’s a good feeling.”

What makes Cozart’s latest offers so special is that he was unaware of either school being interested. He received the offers by way of association. Minnesota’s interest came by way of the relationship between Bishop Miege assistant Justin Hoover and Minnesota quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski. Hoover went to Minnesota to see the Golden Gophers spring game, as Max Shortell, a Bishop Miege alum, is a quarterback for the Gophers.

“Coach Hoover sat down with Coach Z, and he asked who we had at the quarterback spot,” Cozart said. “Coach Hoover said they really liked my film, and they offered me on Sunday. I hadn’t seen any interest from them, and to see that come through made me very grateful.”

With West Virginia, Cozart said new Bishop Miege head coach passed his film on to Mountaineers cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts.

“Coach Holmes is good friends with [Roberts], and he sent my film out last week,” Cozart said. “They emailed Coach Holmes asking about me, and he said [Roberts] would show it to his quarterbacks coach. I guess they were pretty interested in me.”

Cozart said he doesn’t have any unofficial visits planned, but he has been invited to attend a spring practice at Kansas. Cozart threw for 2,448 yards and 31 touchdowns and completed better than 63 percent of his passes in 2011. He also was named the Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year for football.