Dozier hearing 'a whole lot' from Cards

Columbia, S.C., Spring Valley guard Perry Dozier picked up a ton of interest on the recruiting front after a stellar July. Dozier has become a top priority for the University of Louisville coaching staff. Cardinal Authority takes a look.

Columbia, S.C., Spring Valley High School guard Perry Dozier had been hearing from the University of Louisville for some time.

But it wasn't until he showed out at the Reebok Breakout Classic in Philadelphia earlier this month that the interest picked up from the Cardinals - and in a big-time way.

"A lot of new calls," Dozier said after his July. "But from Louisville, I have been talking to them a whole lot. Coach (Kenny) Johnson and coach (Rick) Pitino, just trying to build a relationship and get to know them."

The 6-foot-6 Dozier, being recruited by U of L as a point guard, said he feels like the Cardinals are "for sure" making him one of their priority recruits in the Class of 2015.

"I like coach Pitino and how he uses his guards," Dozier said. "I'd like to check them out. I've heard a lot from them."

Ranked as the No. 51 player nationally in the '15 class, Dozier sat out his entire junior season with a torn ligament in his knee. He had suffered a knee injury as a middle school player and only had the MCL and not ACL repaired because they didn't want to stunt his growth.

He finally needed to get it repaired and did so last September. He missed all of the season but has returned this summer and played his way back into the minds of college coaches.

Dozier also has offers from Indiana, Kansas, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, N.C. State and Ohio State. He averaged 15 points, six rebounds and six assists a game for the Upward Stars this summer.

"My family was always there to support me and it was great," Dozier said. "(The knee) feels better and better each month. I still don't think it's 100 percent, but it's getting better.

"I'm just excited for the future."

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