Michigan has put their best foot forward in the recruitment of 2015 Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley four-star guard P.J. Dozier.
Certainly in the middle of prepping for Monday’s exhibition opener at Crisler Center against Wayne State, the Michigan basketball staff took a detour last night as they flew down to South Carolina to meet with the 6-6, 185-pounder.
“They actually came to the school and came to watch the practice,” Dozier Sr. said Tuesday. “We had about a two hour practice that they sat through and then afterward we sat in the office and talked and it was a great visit.
“These guys are first class in everything they do, awesome staff; just can’t say much at all, not a bad thing to say about them.”
One of five schools left on a list Dozier is still giving consideration to including the likes of Louisville, Georgetown, South Carolina and North Carolina, Michigan was looking to make an impression with this visit.
Instead of simply sending John Beilein down on the plane, or Beilein and one assistant, the entire staff made the venture, a gesture noticed by Dozier’s father Perry.
“I think they showed how serious they are and how important they feel like P.J. is to the program,” Dozier Sr. said. “That was pretty clear and they just want to be part of P.J.’s process and they feel like it’s a win win situation and I definitely understand their thought process.”
“It was good,” Dozier Sr. added. “We had a great visit man.”
Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander made a solo trip to visit with the Dozier’s last week, providing the opportunity to make some connections on many different levels.
“He’s so down to earth,” Dozier Sr. said. “We have a mutual friend who is actually my neighbor and played for the Harlem Globetrotters. We found that out when we went on the visit that we had a mutual friend and talked to him so that was pretty cool.
“But other than that, he’s one of the guys that’s been down and they all have different personalities but they all are special in their ways.
“I think it was a perfect visit because again it kind of solidified that the whole staff wanted him when they all (came to see him).”
For Dozier’s son who is ranked as the No. 4 point guard in the 2015 class and No. 33 overall prospect in the entire country according to Scout.com, the interaction with Michigan added to the relationship they’ve already built throughout the recruiting process.
“He looked a little bit more excited,” Dozier Sr. said. “I guess a little bit more intrigued talking to them. The first time or the second time it was all (forming) a comfort level so he looked more relaxed.
“Questions were thrown from him and back and forth and being able to be serious but then have fun at the same time. It was just the comfort level.”
Georgetown and North Carolina are both expected to be in to see Dozier on Wednesday with a decision to come in the weeks to follow.
“I wouldn’t say it’s becoming real, I think it’s always been real for him,” Dozier Sr. said. “He just really thought that once he took these visits that it was going to make life easy to make the decision because one will sway a whole lot further than the other and it didn’t quite do that.”
“We’re hoping that everybody will be done by this week so we can really sit down and focus and P.J. can get this, I know it’s a tough decision for him and he’s got five good schools,” Dozier Sr. added.
Dozier took all five of his official visits to Georgetown, South Carolina, North Carolina, Louisville, and Michigan. The early signing period begins Nov. 12 and ends on Nov. 19.