Damien Dozier‘s plan was to graduate from Knightdale High School (Raleigh, N.C.) this month and enroll at Virginia Tech in January of 2015. Unfortunately for the senior outside linebacker/defensive end prospect, he has had to change those plans.
“Virginia Tech said that they need me to enroll in 2016,” said Dozier, who added that he is now “looking at other options.”
The option of enrolling in January of 2016 is “a lot less appealing,” Dozier said. “I need to get to college now, so that kind of forced my hand to look at other options.”
Dozier has yet to de-commit from Tech; however, it certainly appears he is headed elsewhere unless Virginia Tech changes its stance. The Raleigh native has taken visits to Marshall and Wake Forest since learning of Virginia Tech’s request about a week-and-a-half ago. Marshall, Dozier says, has accepted him for enrollment next month.
“I really appreciate Marshall,” Dozier said. “I like that when I visited, they just showed me who they were and what they had and that was it.”
In addition to the Thundering Herd, Cincinnati and U-Conn could be January possibilities as well. Dozier has also expressed interest in UVa, though as of this writing he has not had direct contact with the Cavalier staff.
Dozier attended Virginia Episcopal School (Lynchburg, VA) in 2013/2014 before transferring to Knightdale this past August. An excellent athlete (see Dozier’s highlights by clicking here), Dozier was unable to play for Knightdale because of transfer rules.
Do not expect Damien Dozier to ever suit up for the Hokies. Academics were rumored to be why Tech asked him to delay enrollment. Dozier says he is eligible and believes Tech over-recruited in the class of 2015. Regardless of the reason, Tech wants him to enroll in January of 2016 and he is not receptive to that option at this point.
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