Monday, February 27, 2012

OL Alex Kozan Inks with the Tigers

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Alex Kozan, a highly touted offensive lineman from Valor Christian High School in Castle Rock, Colorado has made his college decision known, he has signed with the Auburn Tigers according to the good folks at Auburnsports.com.

Nearly a month has passed since National Signing Day on February 1, 2012 with numerous players waiting to make their final decisions known. Kozan seems to be the latest of all the high profile recruits left in the country.

Kozan is 6'4", 295 and was battling a decision to sign with Auburn, Iowa or Michigan. Today, he made it known by sending his letter of intent to the Tigers. Kozan is the 22nd signee for the Tigers in the 2012 class.

Kozan makes the seventh offensive lineman taken by the Tigers in an attempt to shore up a position of need in the past few seasons.

Auburn battled offensive line woes all through the 2011 season, finishing with three different rotations by seasons end. Numerous injuries plagued the Tigers forcing them to use inexperienced backups.

Kozan is a player that has the body to play right away but may take a redshirt with the depth returning on roster this fall. Even if he does redshirt, it will be to a benefit as his frame can add additional bulk before hitting the field under Strength and Conditioning Coach Kevin Yoxall.

Earning the signature of Kozan by the Tigers shows their ability to continue to recruit nationally. Kozan is the second player in the 2011 class from Colorado. Shane Callahan hails from Chaparral High School in Parker, Colorado.

Auburn's family atmosphere and Christian environment helped steer Kozan to the Tigers by telling Auburnsports.com Publisher Jeffrey Lee that "when I went there in the summer, I could feel the sincerity in the Christian influence they have. Their team chaplain, Chette Williams, has an office in the football complex and that tells you a lot right there. I really liked that."

Kozan is a great addition to the Tigers 2011 class. He is rated as the No. 12 offensive guard in the country and No. 5 offensive guard in Colorado by Rivals.com.

Here is the Denver Post take on Kozan.