Dozier Gains National Attention

Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive back Cedric Dozier talks about his recent offer from Oregon and the national attention he has been feeling of late...

Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes defensive back Cedric Dozier burst on the national scene earlier this spring at the Badger Elite 7on7 tournament in Las Vegas. Since then, the junior has been named to the USAAA Bowl and ealier this week, picked up an offer from last year's FBS runner up.

"Oregon offered me earlier this week," said Dozier. "Coach John Neal was talking to me and told me that I have an offer."

Dozier is a definition of an athlete. The junior played quarterback last year, leading Lake's to the state title game. This season he will still play some "wildcat" quarterback in addition to adding responsibilities at receiver and safety.

Most schools are recruiting Dozier as an athlete, with a lean towards playing him in the secondary. He talked about where the Oregon coaches see him fitting in.

"They are recruiting me as a defensive back mainly… cornerback or safety," said Dozier. "But Coach Neal said he has been talking to Chip about letting some defensive guys play on offense. He couldn't promise anything but I guess kind of recruiting me as an athlete."

The Ducks aren't the only program that have been on the junior as of late, Dozier sees two other Pac-12 programs that could be offering him in the near future.

"I have been hearing from UCLA and Colorado, I think they could both offer. Colorado could offer really soon," said Dozier. "LSU is another school that I have heard from some."

Dozier is in no rush to make a decision, he plans on exploring all of his possible options before praying it over and consulting his family.

"I am still waiting for sign from God as to where I should go," said Dozier. "I am interested in a lot of the schools, whether they are Pac-12 schools or SEC schools."

Dozier talked about whether he has noticed the change in recruiting attention since the tournament in Las Vegas and being named to the USAAA Bowl.

"I have noticed a difference, I have been hearing from more schools," said Dozier. "Also I have been hearing from schools that are further away and I think that word is spreading that I can play with anyone in the country."

Dozier ran track this spring and plans on keeping busy this summer, with the goal of earning as many scholarships as possible and giving himself the most options when it comes time to make a decision.

"Track has been going well, I tweaked my knee at a football camp but I am back to normal," said Dozier.

"I will be at the Nike camp at Oregon, Barton camp at UW and the Jason Gesser camp," said Dozier. "I will also be at the Oregon State, California and Washington team camps."


Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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