Brown Played Major Role In Dozier’s Decision

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Raleigh (N.C.) native and class of 2015 defensive end/outside linebacker prospect Damien Dozier tweeted yesterday morning that he has verbally committed to Virginia Tech. The day before, Dozier informed Hokies assistant Cornell Brown – the individual who perhaps played the biggest role in getting the 6’4”, 215-pound prospect to Blacksburg – of his intentions.


“He was excited,” Dozier said, recalling Brown’s reaction. “He said he was excited about the things to come.”

Dozier, who attended Virginia Episcopal School (Lynchburg, VA) this past school year, clearly recalls his first meeting with Brown.

“He came in to [VES head varsity football coach Butch] Jennings’ office and told us he was going to follow us the rest of the high school recruiting process,” Dozier said. “All coaches tell you that, but it was nice that he did do that. He sent letters every week, messages on Twitter.”

Dozier felt comfortable with Brown, who will be his position coach at Virginia Tech, throughout the entire process.

“It’s crazy. That was just one of the many things that just fit really well. After talking to Coach Brown early on, I found out his brother actually played with my dad in the NFL. Small world,” said Dozier, son of the late Damien Covington, an NC State alum who played three years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. “Coach Brown being the person I knew best on the Virginia Tech staff and the guy I’ll be working with, it really helped me.”

Cincinnati and Connecticut headlined the other schools that offered Dozier. In the end, he said the decision to commit to Tech was “clear.”

“When I got up there, the players were great. They told us how it would work out if we go there. Plus, it has a really good family feeling there,” Dozier said of Virginia Tech, which he visited last month