North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Georgetown’s John Thompson III were in Columbia Wednesday night to meet with 6-7 PJ Dozier of Spring Valley. They followed John Beilein of Michigan in making a final pitch for Dozier’s signature on a letter-of-intent next week. USC’s Frank Martin is expected to visit with Dozier Thursday. Louisville’s Rick Pitino, the final coach in the mix, is not expected to visit since Dozier just made an official visit there last weekend. So, that will give Martin the chance to make the final argument.
Dozier hopes to make his decision this weekend and announce it next week before the early signing period commences Wednesday. At times, Dozier says, he feels like he knows where he wants to go, and then that feeling vanishes leaving him confused again.
“Every day I start to have a better understanding of these schools individually and where I could see myself at each program. It’s still a very tough decision to make. Still kind of wishing I’ll wake up one day and know where I want to go.”
And Dozier says that ultimately will be where he has the greatest feeling of comfort.
“Making the decision I know is right and not having any regrets,” he said. “All of them say I’m a good fit at their school and their program. If I didn’t feel like I would fit good with their program and the guys there then I highly doubt they’d be in the top five right now.”
Dozier has the way the easy decision for him, which is USC, against going away from home but joining one of the nation’s elite programs, which each of the other four is. His family has strong ties to USC including having his sister on the women’s team. But it’s a program without the national acclaim of the other four.
“Throughout the whole process my family has been my biggest supporters,” Dozier said. “Although most of my family went to the University of South Carolina, they always tell me go where you fit most. This decision is all about me. So, those factors don’t really come into play in the final choice. But it would be real easy to go to South Carolina and have support here at home and be at home, which is always a good thing to have. But when it all comes down to it, I just want to pick the right program for me. Frank Martin and his staff have come in and are doing great things to the program in trying to turn it around as much as possible. They really been doing a good job. That really caught my attention early on in the process which is why they are still in the top five.”
Dozier knows he has a difficult choice to make. He admits it will be hard to tell four coaches no because he’s built a strong relationship with each staff.
“After every official visit I went on, whichever visit I just visited, they were always in first simply because I got to see it first hand and felt really good about he program,” Dozier said.
How Dozier will make his announcement remains undetermined. His father has talked about doing it over one of the ESPN outlets but PJ wants his teammates to be a part of the announcement at the school. However it’s done, both father and son would like to get this done so he can focus on his senior season.