Dozier talks Sun Devil Pledge

The busy recruiting summer for Arizona State continues. On Saturday afternoon Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral High School linebacker C.J. Dozier became the latest Sun Devil commit as he called up the ASU coaching staff and delivered the good news. Devils Digest talked to the newest member of ASU's 2012 recruiting class about his decision.

"I have been considering things for awhile," explained the 6-2 210 C.J. Dozier, "and Arizona State has everything I'm looking for in a school. They're a great team with a great defense and great defensive players and that is what I'm looking for. It's not too far from home and culturally it really is like California.

"Overall, they have what I want to study in (Dozier plans to major in journalism) and I looked at every aspect and decided that this is where I want to be."

As a junior C.J. Dozier at Chaparral the linebacker registered 113 tackles, four sacks and two fumbles caused. He reported weight room marks of 255 lbs. benching, and 350 lbs. squatting, as well as a 30-inch vertical jump. As a 2009 sophomore he was voted all-state, all-CIF and all-Southwestern League Second Team and helped his school to CIF-SS title.

"I have been watching Vontaze Burfict since he was a senior in high school," Dozier commented. "I always liked the way he played and I always thought that I could play similar to that. I have good instincts and can read the offense. I'm always quick the ball and hitting people."

The linebacker affirmed his statement from a recent interview, saying that Washington and Arizona were the Sun Devils' main competition in landing his services.

"Both those schools were showing me a lot of love," Dozier remarked. "Especially Arizona. This wasn't an overnight decision for me that's for sure. Coach Broussard was recruiting me from Arizona State and I could really relate to him. He's a very cool guy and there were never any barriers. I was always able to communicate with him and tell him what I wanted and what I was looking for.

"He made the process very easy for me."

Dozier said that due to family reasons he will remain on the football team at Chaparral and not play his senior season as planned at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. He added that the fact that he is scheduled to graduate in December was another motivating factor for him to stay put.

Seeking stability with his high school situation was one facet that led to him pledging to ASU this early in the process.

"Part of me did want to take visits and wait later this season before making a decision," Dozier confessed. "But I realized that I wasn't looking at anybody as hard as I was looking at Arizona State. There was no reason to wait and like you said I didn't want to think about recruiting every week of my senior season. I need to concentrate on my opponents and things like that.

"I wanted to let the (ASU) coaches know that I was serious about this and that I want to fit in. This isn't a soft commit – this is for real. There is nothing else that I need. I know where I'm going."

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