Arizona State has been targeting Bellflower (Calif.) Bosco linebacker prospect C.J. Dozier for…
Huskies, Sun Devils Lead For Dozier
C.J. Dozier, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound three-star linebacker from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., says he has scholarship offers from Washington, Arizona, Arizona State and New Mexico. Dozier now favors Washington and Arizona State solidly over Arizona and USC. He says he grew up following USC, but the Trojans have not offered yet. "I always watched them," Dozier said. "I'm from So Cal and they are the big team around here. I loved how they blew people out every game and they always had the best athletes, plus you could tell they were having fun." Dozier attended the Trojan Junior Day and says they are actively recruiting him. "For me it's not just about an offer, but how much I'm wanted and if I can be a big part of the team," he said. "I want to make sure I choose a school that wants me and where they show me a lot of love," he said. "I'd like to play and get on the field and make sure I'm set after football too." Another thing that he says will be a factor is the location. "Distance is a factor, but it's only one of a million other factors," he said. "I've always wanted to play in the Pac-10 (now Pac-12), so that's the area I'm looking at." This Saturday, April 2, Dozier is attending the Arizona State Junior Day. "I really like coach Dennis Erickson," he said. "He's been around a long time and knows how to coach. "Also, Arizona State has been recruiting me for a long time now," he said. "Plus, it's only like five or six hours away, so that's not bad." He says he also hopes to visit Arizona at some point as well. "They've been showing me a lot of love for a while too," he said. "They said I'd fit their system well and I like that they're another program on-the-rise." But the school that has been recruiting Dozier the longest is Washington. "They've been recruiting me since my sophomore year," he said. "They seem to really want me." Dozier actually lived in Washington for about a year. "But that was when I was little," he said. "I went to a few games too, but I don't really remember." He plans to head back up to Seattle this spring. "I'll go to their spring game," he said. "The thing about them is that my whole family loves them. My dad is a big fan and that's the school my sister wanted to go to. They just love everything about the program." Another thing he likes about the Huskies is their upside. "They are coming up and I'd love to help them win a Pac-12 championship," he said. Dozier says he'd prefer to make an early commitment. "Originally, I wanted to commit before September, but I'm not sure anymore," he said. "It probably won't be too long after that though." Last season Dozier played at Chaparral High School in Temecula and finished his junior season with 113 tackles, four sacks and two fumbles caused. "I think I have pretty good instincts and I see what's going on quickly," he said. "I'm not afraid of contact and love to hit people." He says he can bench 255-pounds, squat 350 and has a 30-inch vertical jump. "I want to improve my speed and just get bigger and be more powerful," he said. "I'm still working on my overall knowledge of the game too." Dozier plans to major in journalism and reports a 3.8 core GPA and took the SAT earlier this month.
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