Alex Kozan was never sure if Auburn was going to offer him even though the Tigers' coaching staff continued to recruit him and recently the word came through that the four-star offensive lineman was going to get the offer.
Kozan, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound prospect, said Auburn is definitely under serious interest since he's already taken an unofficial visit there and is considering an official trip after his season.
"They've called me and I talked to one of their graduate assistants for a while and I wasn't really sure if they'd offer," Kozan said.
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"I don't think a lot of schools are looking for guards, they're looking more for tackles and I'm more of a guard, but they said things have changed and they had two kids going on medical redshirt and they were recruiting guards again so they offered me."
So far, Kozan has taken official visits to Iowa and Ohio State and probably won't schedule any more trips until his Castle Rock (Colo.) Valor Christian squad wraps up its season.
There is definitely a good possibility that Kozan will head back to Auburn.
"I'm taking it kind of slow," Kozan said. "I'm lining up visits, I'm not exactly sure where yet, but after my season, we're still in the playoffs, but I'm looking to make the majority of my visits after the season. I've been to Iowa and Ohio State and both of those places are great and would be a great fit for me.
"I went to Auburn over the summer and saw it there when I went down south. I'm familiar with it, they have a great program, they are defending national champions and they have a great business school. They also one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the country and that's important to me."
The coaching staff at Auburn also stands out.
"Coach (Jeff) Grimes does a great job preparing linemen for college and the NFL, coach (Gus) Malzahn is a great offensive coordinator and coach (Gene) Chizik is great, too," Kozan said. "I've talked to him a little bit. More than any school it seems like a strong Christian environment which is important to me."
Auburn, Michigan and Oregon are three schools Kozan is seriously considering for visits after the season. He said he recently cut Illinois and is looking to trim his list a little further but still is taking things slowly.
"I'm still looking at visits," Kozan said. "Those are three that stand out to me."