PJ Dozier commits to South Carolina

Dylan Burkhardt
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Class of 2015 guard PJ Dozier committed to South Carolina during a press conference at his high school this afternoon.

Dozier chose South Carolina over Michigan, Louisville, Georgetown and North Carolina. He’s the No. 26 ranked prospect in the class according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Dozier had visited Michigan for the Wolverines’ football game against Minnesota on September 27th. Dozier’s Michigan visit was his first of five official visits.

Michigan has no outstanding scholarship offers in the class of 2015 but is actively recruiting German forward Moe Wagner, five-star wing man Jaylen Brown and five-star big man Caleb Swanigan.

  • countourzealous

    This is a bummer, but I’m somewhat relieved by the fact he did not go to Louisville.

  • David Remmler

    Not a big surprise. At this point, a 2015 player committing to Michigan would be a surprise. Basketball recruiting is strange and unpredictable. Location and other factors seem to be more important than the reputation or track record of the program or coach.

    Well, nobody will confuse us with a Kentucky, Duke or other elite school when it comes to recruiting.

    If several of our players jump to the pros early this year, next year could be a rebuilding year with gaping holes in the squad and no depth. Beilein may need to work his voodoo and scrape together a few more under-the-radar guys at the last moment once again. And they will still be able to compete well with the Kentuckys and Dukes with all their MCDonald’s All American 5 stars.

  • Justin Harbin

    We can just not get a break on the recruiting trail for 2015.

  • A2JD

    It’s too bad but I guess the pull of playing near home was more important than playing for a top program. He can be a home state hero for USC.

  • Cory

    I don’t think you can ever fault a kid for staying home. Best wishes to him. Hopefully Coach pulls something out of his hat for 2015.

  • Bigrange

    I’m not overly surprised that he signed with SC. He can be a leader right away down there and be the in-state face of the program. Our 2015 class keeps coming up empty, but at this point I don’t think we need to be focused on missing out on the top 40 recruit. Coach B has proven he can find hidden gems and make them work for the program. I’m confident he’ll do that with this class and then push hard on the 2016 recruits.

  • Mattski

    Seems like the people who follow closely are a little upset. But Wilson and Chatman–once again–seem like great gets for the program. I’m happy to assume that our coaches are doing it right and that perseverence and coaching talent eventually pay off. So far, I’d say they’re doing just that.

    BTW, if you haven’t read the piece on Beilein at mlive, you owe it to yourself to do so:

    http://www.mlive.com/john-beilein/

  • Jake

    Good to see respectful comments on the blog, can’t fault a kid for picking a different school Wish him the best, you can’t replace being able to play in front of family and friends even if it’s just one year or two. Just opens up a spot for someone else to take advantage of at Michigan.