Dozier Still an Option for the Wolfpack?

The Wolfpack's chances with unsigned forward Robert Dozier took a hit this past week. <P>

The Wolfpack's chances with unsigned forward Robert Dozier took a hit this past week.

That's because Dozier, a versatile 6-8, 190-pound senior at Lithonia High (Ga.) who is ranked 75th in the country, went on an unofficial visit to Georgia along with his father, who had previously been a big Memphis supporter.

Dozier would fit in perfectly in Herb Sendek's system. He has great ballhandling skills and can score as well from the perimeter as in the paint. He's extremely active on the offensive glass. Think Julius Hodge with another inch or two.

Dozier had initially committed to Memphis and John Calipari during last summer after the Memphis staff put the full-court press on him. Dozier wasn't a big-name at the time and wasn't really getting a lot of big-time looks, so he pulled the trigger.

Then, to his father's dismay, Dozier re-opened his recruitment a couple months ago and saw a variety of schools try to get involved. N.C. State was one of the first to make contact, along with schools such as Arizona, Tennessee, South Carolina and Cincinnati.

At the time, Robert Dozier Sr. said he'd rather his son go to junior college than head to Georgia after the fall-out from the Jim Harrick regime. However, after meeting with new coach Dennis Felton on Sunday, things changed.

``I always liked Georgia, but I didn't know they were interested," Dozier said. "Now my father got a chance to meet with Coach Felton and he felt really good about him."

``Since yesterday, everything's changed a little bit," he added. ``Now he's leaning more towards Georgia."

Dozier's mother will likely get a chance to take a trip to Athens to meet the staff and it could all end shortly after that. If things don't get done quickly, it's almost certain that N.C. State will receive a visit. Memphis is also still in the mix, although they haven't really stayed in contact recently.

``I like the style they (N.C. State) plays," Dozier said. "They let their big man bring the ball up the court and shoot. I'm going to try and go down there after the season on an official visit."

But that'll only happen if he's not a Bulldog before then.

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