Dozier Wanted 'a Couple Extra Days' at U-M

2015 Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley four-star guard P.J. Dozier made an official visit to Michigan over the weekend. Dozier's father Perry details the trip, what caught the eye of him and his son, and the plan moving forward.

Poor performance from the football team aside, the Michigan basketball program had an important official visitor on campus in 2015 Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley four-star guard Perry Dozier.

Quickly approaching the early signing period for seniors beginning Nov. 12, this was the first of five scheduled official visits for Dozier and his parents.

“We had a great visit,” Dozier’s father Perry said. “Of course, I always laugh because the weather was perfect.

“But other than that, everything was pretty much the way I expected it to be and, probably, a little bit better than I expected it to be.

“The coaching staff was awesome and P.J. really seemed to enjoy being around the players as well. But everything we saw was very impressive.”

Detailing some of the other highlights of the trip, Michigan did the usual wining and dining that’s now become customary with official visits.

But John Beilein and the Wolverines also focused intently on their style on the court and the many amenities outside of the basketball buildings.

“This is the first official visit that we had but the eating and all of that stuff is expected but we were coming in just seeing how well the staff gets along with the players and to see how the facilities are,” Dozier said.

“And then seeing their expectations, they explained where P.J. would fit in with the program and that was really nice to see exactly what they have in mind for him.

“The academic portion was really awesome, and also life after being an alum for Michigan, the perks it comes with.”

Standing 6-foot-6, 180-pounds, Dozier currently sits as the No. 4 point guard and No. 33 overall prospect in the country.

Given his size and versatility on the perimeter, Michigan believes Dozier could play any of the three wing positions in their system.

“We looked at film and looked at style of play which, is one of the reasons why I think P.J. is interested in Michigan anyway, because of the style of play and where he would be on the court,” Dozier said.

“The different positions and where he would move and how the ball would flow through his hand. Everything P.J. was looking for, they were able to show us.”

As far as what Dozier’s parents were looking for, both left Ann Arbor feeling at ease should their son choose to verbally commit and sign with Michigan.

“Most definitely,” Dozier said. “Without a doubt that was definitely accomplished. Showing that if this was the place he’d chosen to be, me and his mom both feel like we would be very comfortable there.”

While the plan is still for Dozier and his parents to take the remaining four scheduled official visits to South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgetown and Louisville, Michigan has put themselves firmly in the conversation in this recruitment.

“A lot of times we process things a little bit later but for the most part, I’ll tell you the positive things; he enjoyed being around the players,” Dozier said. “He felt very comfortable just making a connection.

“And I think the most positive thing was, it seemed like it was a long trip but really he wasn’t ready to come home. He said ‘I could’ve spent a couple extra days here.’ So, that was a very positive thing.”

Dozier next heads to Louisville this Thursday for an official visit with the Cardinals and Rick Pitino, believed to be the strongest competition to the Wolverines for his services.

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