With senior Kenneth Browder and junior Desmond Martin patrolling the secondary along with the likely addition of sophomore spark plug Stephen Williams to the mix, the Tigers will not be short on talented defenders in 2008. The ringleader of the secondary however is senior Julian Dozier, who has established himself as one of the top cover men in Central Texas.
Last season Dozier was a force on defense for the Tigers as he earned all-District honors for a team that won the district title in a very tough 14-5A and took home all-District honors while helping Stony Point to a 9-3 record. 2007 proved to be a breakthrough year for Dozier and for the Tigers as Stony Point earned the school's first ever playoff berth in football. Dozier and his teammates also helped their Tigers achieve their first ever winning season on the gridiron, setting a school record for wins in a season and hopefully established a new tradition at Stony Point in the process.
"It was real good for the program," said Dozier of last season. "We've always had the talent but we never could really get over that hump. We've had a lot of close games in previous years but this year we finally got to the point where we could finish the whole game. We got to the playoffs, we lost to Spring Westfield, but we got there and that's all that matters."
Following a successful season the Tigers went back to work in the weight room and hit the ground running in the offseason. With the aforementioned players along with 2009 Division I prospects Nyk McKissic and Tevin Mims in the fold, the Tigers have the talent to better themselves in 2008 and Dozier said the offseason was very beneficial not only for the team but for himself as well.
"Offseason for me was real good because I got to work on my backpedal and my hips," said Dozier. "Those are some the things that recruiters wanted me to work on."
As a tribute to the athletes they have, Stony Point qualified for the 7-on-7 State Tournament earlier this month in College Station on the campus of Texas A&M. While the Tigers did not have a showing like they would have hoped, falling in the consolation bracket of the tournament, Dozier took a lot from the experience.
"It's good competition and you get to see what your opponents are going to look like next year," said Dozier. "Its fun and its competitive."
His competitive nature is one reason why Dozier is being courted by schools across the country. At 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, Dozier displays excellent technique with his hips and feet from the corner position and is a very physical bump-and-run corner. He also has outstanding straight line speed as he clocked a 4.59 40-yard dash time at the Scout.com/Under Armour combine in Dallas back in the spring.
With all of his gifts Dozier is finally starting to see his recruitment take shape as Ohio and UTEP are very close to placing offers on the table. Dozier also lists Kansas, North Texas, and Nebraska as schools that are showing him interest.
"I really like Texas A&M, they're recruiting me still. My main schools are Colorado and Colorado State, I really like them," Dozier said of schools that he is keeping in contact with, although there is one school in particular that he has his eye on. "My number one school is Oklahoma State. They're recruiting me pretty hard and they have really nice facilities. I like their coach, Coach (Jason) Jones, he's a real good secondary coach."