Lakes' Dozier sees early interest pick up

After a standout sophomore season in 2009, Lakes (Lakewood, Wa.) ATH Cedric Dozier received the first of what promises to be several scholarship offers. spoke to the talented prospect recently and he updated us on things including which schools are showing him the most interest at this point in time as well as a timeline for when he plans to make a decision...

"I've been hearing from almost all the Pac 12, some SEC schools and Boise State a little too," Dozier told "I'm hearing from Cal, USC, LSU and Washington. I'm not really hearing from Washington State right now, but it's early.

"Everyone likes me as an athlete -- wide receiver, safety or cornerback -- and really, I just want to play, so if a school thinks I fit better at one position or another, then I'll play, but I always like to have the ball in my hands, so receiver is where I'd like to play."

The past two years, Dozier has had his hands on the ball quite a bit leading Lakes to the 3A State Semi-Finals the past two years from his quarterback position.

As a sophomore in 2009, Dozier passed for nearly 900 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for nearly 400 yards and 10 more scores.

Fast-forward to 2010 and Dozier was even better posting 1,151 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions through the air and added nearly 1,000 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns.

However, it is his outstanding quickness and underrated speed that have schools looking at him as a corner where he posted nearly 20 tackles and one interception for the Lancers.

"I'd prefer safety if I was going to play defense, but honestly I don't care that much," Dozier said. "I just like playing the game and honestly I feel that's what you need to have first and foremost when you play because the rest will take care of itself."

Washington offered Dozier after they got a look at the talented athlete during the 2009 season and he said they are a school he'll have his eye on over the next 11 months as he figures out where he's headed to play his college football.

"They are recruiting me as an athlete," Dozier said. "They like me at DB, but they said I could have a chance to play receiver too, so we'll see.

"I went up to a few games there last year and had a great time. It was loud down on the field and in the stands and they ended up going to the bowl game which was great to see for all their hard work.

"(Washington) definitely has my attention. I grew up in the south (Alabama), but I've been here since I was in seventh grade, so this place is like home for me."

Dozier said he doesn't plan to make an early decision and that he wants to let the process play itself out before he commits to a school.

"I'm going to try and hit more camps this summer," Dozier said. "I'm definitely going to hit the Oregon camp and Cal's too. I'll be looking forward to going to the Rising Stars camp (at Washington) again and showing the coaches how I've improved.

"I've got a while before I need to make a decision. I'd like to be patient and let the process sorta play itself out and see what options I have, but I could decide before my senior season is over.

"I'm not really sure yet, but I know I want to take my visits and let everyone who wants to recruit me, have a shot at me."

We'll continue to keep track of Dozier and we'll update news as things change over the next several months.

Cedric Dozier Scout Profile Top Stories