Montell Cozart had been through the recruiting rigmarole before. When the quarterback visited Boise State last weekend, he had little interest in the bells and whistles of the Broncos’ football program.
“I was like, ‘Don’t show me the stuff you show the high school guys.’ I was there to get down to business,” Cozart said.
On Thursday, Cozart decided to commit to Boise State and will join the team later this month. A graduate transfer from Kansas, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder will have just one season to make the most of his opportunity.
“I asked the coaches why they were pursuing me, and they said they wanted to add some experience, some leadership,” Cozart said. “For me, I grew up winning a lot, and there’s been a lot of adversity at Kansas. I wanted to come somewhere that I could help them compete for a conference championship.”
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The Broncos, who were reduced to just three scholarship quarterbacks when junior college transfer Rathen Ricedorff rendered himself ineligible last month, found both of those attributes they were seeking in Cozart.
A team captain last season for the Jayhawks, he played in 27 games from 2013-16, starting 18. He injured his shoulder early in the 2015 season, earning a redshirt. He threw for 2,755 yards with 14 touchdowns to 19 interceptions and added 481 net rushing yards for Kansas, which won eight games in his time in Lawrence.
Cozart, a native of the Kansas City, Mo., area, decided to leave Kansas in February. Coach David Beaty tweeted to him: “Telly you’re the epitome of what a student-athlete should be. I’m incredibly proud of you (and) your uplifting and humble spirit.”
Cozart could help fill the role of a red-zone rushing threat that Ricedorff was expected to have.
“They were looking for someone who could make all the throws, but also be able to do some things on the run,” Cozart said. “I only have this year, so I’m not looking to just sit on the bench or switch positions, I want to get on the field and help this team.”
The Broncos now will have Cozart, junior Brett Rypien, redshirt freshman Jake Constantine and true freshman Chase Cord in the mix in fall camp.
Earlier this spring, Cozart said North Carolina showed interest in him, with New Mexico, Fresno State and a handful of Football Championship Subdivision teams coming into the mix soon after. He will graduate from Kansas on May 14 and come to Boise a few days later. The Kansas City native already is preparing himself as a Boise State quarterback, despite his transfer yet to be announced by the school.
“I talked to coach (Bryan) Harsin and (offensive coordinator Zak) Hill today,” Cozart said Thursday. “Coach Hill already has sent me some of Boise State’s terminology that I’m learning. When I visited, he had me draw up some plays I liked at Kansas, and he said they have some that are pretty similar. I hope by the time fall camp comes around I have most of it down and can compete right away.”
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