Dozier has Sun Devils high on his list

Arizona State has been targeting Bellflower (Calif.) Bosco linebacker prospect C.J. Dozier for several months now. Consequently, their persistent recruiting efforts have put the maroon and gold on Dozier's short list.

The 6-2 210 C.J. Dozier was offered by Arizona State last November, and roughly ten days ago he visited Tempe for the school's Junior Day event. It was a visit that the linebacker was very much looking forward to and was one that ultimately didn't disappoint.

"I loved it and I was really pleased with everything I saw," Dozier said. "I loved the facilities, the campus, the coaches…everything was an eye opener for me, especially the surrounding area.

"Coach Broussard has been recruiting me for a while and we have a good relationship. A lot of coaches that are recruiting me treat me like I'm on a business interview or something but coach Broussard is more laid back and easier to talk to."

As a junior C.J. Dozier played at Chaparral High School in Temecula and finished that season with 113 tackles, four sacks and two fumbles caused. As a 2009 sophomore at Chaparral he was selected all-state, all-CIF and all-Southwestern League Second Team and helped school to CIF-SS title.

"Arizona State is recruiting me as an outside linebacker," Dozier stated. "They like how physical I play and that's because I like to hit people and I have a high motor. I try to get to every play even if I'm lined up on the other side of the field."

Dozier remarked that he can bench 255-pounds, squat 350 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.

During his unofficial visit to Tempe Dozier naturally attended the team's scrimmage that day and could not help but come away impressed with the ASU linebackers' play.

"The linebackers play hard and fast and you can tell they have a lot of fun," Dozier commented. "They have a lot of talent there. I have been watching (Vontaze) Burfict ever since he was at Centennial (High School) and watching him in the scrimmage was a lot of fun. I'm excited to see what he will do this year because I think he will have a great season."

Much like ASU, Washington is another Pac-12 school that offered the linebacker last fall and has been recruiting him in earnest ever since. Dozier said that he does plan to visit the Huskies during their spring game at the end of this month.

"Arizona State definitely pulled some rank now and stepped it up in my book," Dozier admitted. "But I also like Washington a lot and I want to see how my visit there goes. Those are the two schools that are very high on my list."

The linebacker said he could visit Arizona which has also offered him a scholarship, as well as Oregon which is one school Dozier expects to get an offer from.

"I plan to come out to Arizona State's camp (in June) and show them what I can do," Dozier commented. "It will be cool to get out there and see the campus again."

While the linebacker doesn't have a desire to stay in-state, he claimed that he also didn't want to venture too far from home.

"A five-hour drive is better than a five-hour flight," Dozier said. "I want to major in Journalism and I want to make sure that wherever I go it has a good school for that. Obviously, I want to go to a good team where I know I will get an opportunity to play early. Basically, I want to go to a school that shows that they really want me and that they will take care of me. I want to get know the whole coaching staff, not just one coach.

"I'm hoping to make a decision before the season or maybe in September. You never know what's going to happen, but I think by that time I will know what the best situation is for me."


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