Dozier Takes Unofficial

When Robert Dozier re-opened his recruitment awhile back, he did so against the wishes of his father. However, now that the elder Dozier has had a chance to go with his son on an unofficial trip this past weekend, he may not be so steadfast in his pro-Memphis stance any longer.

It was quite a week for the Georgia Bulldogs. First it was a commitment from South Gwinnett High (Ga.) junior guard Mike Mercer. Less than 12 hours later, he was joined by his more highly touted teammate and backcourt mate, Louis Williams. A huge upset victory at Kentucky for Dennis Felton and his staff followed just days later.

They are getting things done down in Athens and the next big-time move could be a pledge from one-time Memphis commitment Robert Dozier.

Dozier, a versatile 6-8 senior forward from Lithonia High (Ga.), has always wanted to be a Bulldog – but never got any love from the Jim Harrick regime. Now that's changed, especially after an unofficial visit that Dozier and his father took to the Georgia campus on Sunday.

``I always liked Georgia, but I didn't know they were interested," Dozier said. "Now my father got a chance to meet with Coach Felton and he felt really good about him."

``Since yesterday, everything's changed a little bit," he added. ``Now he's leaning more towards Georgia."

Prior to Sunday, Dozier's father was completely in favor of his son attending Memphis. However, Robert thought he rushed into the commitment.

Dozier re-opened his recruitment awhile back and there have been no shortage of suitors. However, he'd like to stay close to home if possible and that's part of the reason why the Bulldogs look so attractive.

Now the next step for Dozier is to get his mother on campus. After that, don't be shocked to see Dozier join guards Channing Toney and Sundiata Gaines headed to Athens for next season. Then, with Williams and Mercer in the fold the following year, the Bulldogs will be primed to make some serious noise in the SEC.

Other than Georgia, Dozier is also still looking at Memphis – and also considering N.C. State.

``I like the style they (N.C. State) plays," Dozier said. "They let their big man bring the ball up the court and shoot. I'm going to try and go down there after the season on an official visit."

But that'll only happen if he's not a Bulldog before then.


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