Scout.com Top 50 guard P.J. Dozier was a key target during the early evaluation process for the University of Louisville staff and was scheduled for an official visit early next month until the Cardinals received a commitment from Antonio Blakeney.
When Blakeney announced that he was re-opening his recruitment less than two weeks following his pledge, the attention from Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino quickly shifted back to the 6-foot-6 Dozier and the reception has been welcoming.
“It's one of those situations that when you are dealing with recruiting,” Perry Dozier, Sr., explained to Cardinal Authority. “We also understand that it is a business, as well. Things happen and it's nothing personal. There's no hard feelings and we wouldn't be talking to Louisville about it if he didn't think it was a good fit for him. We are more than happy to be back on board with them.”
On Wednesday evening, Pitino, along with assistant Kenny Johnson, will make an in-home visit with Dozier.
A four-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 4 point guard in the class, Dozier is preparing to make his official visits. He's currently scheduled to visit Michigan (Sept. 26), North Carolina (Oct. 3), Georgetown (Oct. 17) and South Carolina (Oct. 24).
His fifth and final official visit will be Louisville or Maryland, making it a final six for the standout from Columbia, S.C.
“We went through this process for awhile, so weren't not looking for any new schools,” said Dozier, Sr. “The selection that he has is perfect for what he is looking for.”
The decision to schedule a trip to visit the Cardinals or Terrapins will occur soon after his in-home visit with U of L on Wednesday.
“Once we get done talking with coach, we'll sit down as a family and figure out where we go from there.”
With his official visits rapidly approaching, Dozier is remaining open to his options and doesn't claim a current leader among his finalists.
“That's the million dollar question,” Dozier, Sr., said. “I think there is no real true leader right now. Everybody is pretty much on the same page and everybody has their perks and good qualities. I'm sure that once the official visits have been taken that will help him make his determination on what school he'd like to attend.
In addition to a Hall of Fame coach, one of the finest arena's to play in and other impressive qualities, one that really stands out with the point guard prospect is CardNation.
“P.J. Is really enthused about the Louisville fans. They are amazing up there.”