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SEATTLE - Cedric Dozier has always been a well-rounded athlete in high school. He earned a ton of notoriety for a made behind-the-basket shot against Bellevue in Lakes' 3A title win in hoops this past winter. But football is his calling card, and with three Pac-12 scholarship offers under his belt he's been thinking lately about what position he wants to play.
Dozier has always been a defensive standout. "It's in my competitive nature to play defense," he told Scout.com recently. "I'd go out, and for example we're playing Bonney Lake, and coach (Dave Miller) would tell me, lock down No. 7 (Austin Marshall), so I would."
When Dalton Gervais left Lakes before last season, the 5-11, 175-pound Dozier was pressed into action as an offensive weapon. He had the ball in his hands every snap, but this year it sounds like he'll be on the receiving end - literally.
"I think we're going to try and get our back-up quarterback right, and if we can, they can use me as an athlete - running back and receiver," Dozier said. "I can be a heck of a slot guy."
Dozier showed exactly that in the Badger Sports 7v7 Championship in Las Vegas this past March. He caught 28 passes from Mercer Island's Jeff Lindquist, eight of them for touchdowns - and he even surprised himself a little bit with that performance.
With a 4.4 40 run at last summer's Washington Rising Stars camp, Dozier has the speed to find open real estate, and he's going to January's U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio as an athlete. He's really looking forward to the game, and knows that if he gets a chance to show what he can do on a national stage, he'll prove his mettle on offense.
"It's truly an honor," he said of the Army game invitation. He'll be joined in the game with a teammate from Lakes - Zach Banner. "It's the best of the best, so I want to ball up."
Dozier told Scout that the Army game is even closer to his heart because he has two brothers that served in the military. One brother, Quentin Thomas - received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in battle, and the other brother, Gerard Thomas, served in the Navy.
Keeping his options open right now, Dozier is set to do his due diligence this summer when checking out colleges to find that perfect fit. Washington, California and Arizona State have offered Dozier, with the Sun Devils the latest to join the chase. Having already camped at UW last year, Dozier plans on trying to visit Arizona State and Oregon State.
June and July look to be a busy time for Dozier, as he will take part in Jason Gesser's Nike Northwest Elite Football Camp June 10th at Skyline High School to start, then travel with his Lakes teammates to their team camp at Central Washington. He will also compete at the two scheduled Nike camps at Oregon and Washington. The Oregon camp will be at the University of Oregon Sunday, June 5th, and the Washington camp will be at the University of Washington June 19th.
Originally from Alabama, Dozier is also looking at the possibility of camping at Alabama and Auburn. All the travel will be done with the idea of keeping his options open, and he won't be making a college decision until after he takes some official visits too. "That's an important step for me," he said of the visits.
Dozier denies a leader between the three schools that have offered. "Everybody is the same right now," he said.
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