6-6 PJ Dozier of Spring Valley will make the fourth of his five official visits this weekend, and it will be the shortest trip of the five. Dozier will make the short drive from Northeast Columbia over to USC Friday night to begin his official visit which will last thru Sunday afternoon's exhibition game.
Dozier, of course, is no stranger to USC. He's made dozens of trips to the campus and has strong family ties to the Gamecocks thru his father, uncle and sister. So the proximity and familiarity factors work in USC's favor. But then again, those are not always positive factors.
"That can go both ways," his father Perry Dozier said early Friday afternoon. "The good thing is PJ is not worried about whether we've been there or not. His whole thing is he wants the the best chance for him. He understands what they are up against from the extent that this is a football state its a football school, but he realizes there's a great coach there who has recruited very well. He's pretty excited about getting a chance to be around it."
Considering how familiar Dozier is with USC and the program, he'll be very specific in what he looks for this weekend.
"Off the court with the players is the big deal with him right now" his father said. "See what they do, how they gel together, see where they live."
Gamecock coach Frank Martin is recruiting two high profile local players in Dozier and Tevin Martin. NCAA rules prevent him from talking publicly about recruits, but earlier this week he explained his approach when it comes to recruiting the local star who knows the good and bad about the program.
"I know what you've watched for x-number of years, I get it," said Martin as if he were talking to the recruit. "That's not what's happening in the next five years. We're going to win. We want you to be a direct part of what we're going to do to win. You will impact this community and us in a way that not too many people can. There's a couple of guys before you that have believed in that vision and they have worked their tails off to build a culture that's going to allow us to win. Now you can be that part that helps those guys before you wear that South Carolina jersey where the name in the front and the name in the back surrounds your heart. Come join us, be a part of that and let's have a lot of fun together. That's basically what the challenges locally are. We have to make sure that they understand just how excited I am, our players, our administration, our fans are for what's happening and try to erase the minds of whatever has transpired over the last x-number of years."
Last week the Doziers visited Georgetown and the Hoyas impressed them.
"It was a great visit," Perry Dozier said. "We felt at home. The small campus is really nice. He liked the staff and enjoyed being around with the players. It was nearly everything I expected it to be."
The Doziers will visit Louisville next weekend and soon after that trip the announcement will be made, mostly likely thru one of the ESPN channels. They also have visited Michigan and North Carolina.