6-6 PJ Dozier of Spring Valley made his official visit to USC over the weekend, the fourth of the five trips he will take before making his decision. His parents joined him on the visit. For his father Perry, a former USC player, it was a trip back in time to some degree.
"It was pretty neat to go on an official visit to a school that I thought I knew so much about," Perry Dozier said. "I realized there's a whole lot more I didn't know. It's absolutely beautiful. The money that South Carolina has put into that school, I'm telling you I was totally impressed and blown away by how much they have done down there. It's just amazing."
Of course, the focus of the visit was to let PJ Dozier see the program from the inside and get closer to the staff and players.
"I think the relationship with the players and the coaches is what he really got out of the visit," Perry Dozier said. "The gelling and that good feeling. He sees that the program is on the upswing and I think he sees where he can come in and make a huge impact. Looking at the future, he likes what he sees."
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The Doziers have visited Michigan, North Carolina and Georgetown and will visit Louisville this coming weekend. The decision will be made within a week of the Louisville visit and the plan is to make the announcement in Charlotte via ESPN.
"I think every time he takes a visit he gets a feeling (about a favorite)," Dozier said. "One may be a little bit stronger than the others but for the most part they've all been pretty good feelings. I think right now if he had to pick from the schools that he has visited without taking the last visit, he could. But I think his intentions are to make sure each school gets the proper look."
The North Carolina academic scandal has been discussed by the Doziers, and they talked it over with Tar Heel coach Roy Williams on the official visit there. So far, the news hasn't scared them away from the Tar Heels.
"I think he's putting all that aside and just trying to find out is this the program he wants to go play at, does he feel good about the staff, does he feel good about the players there, is that where he wants to be," Dozier said.
Dozier said he's not aware of any coaches coming for visits this week but he expects his son to be on the phone with representatives from all the schools during the week.