South Carolina lands key in-state, four-star guard

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South Carolina picked up a commitment on Wednesday afternoon from P.J. Dozier, a four-star guard from Columbia, South Carolina.

Dozier had also considered Louisville and Georgetown, among others. There were many that considered the Cardinals the favorites as recently as Tuesday evening.

“With the support of my family, we decided that I will be attending the University of South Carolina,” Dozier said at his announcement ceremony at his high school Wednesday afternoon.

This is a huge pickup for Frank Martin and the Gamecocks. Dozier, a 6-foot-6 point guard, is the No. 34 recruit in the Class of 2015 and the star of a very talented class in the state. A terrific passer, Dozier is one of the smoothest players in the class. He is still getting back some of the explosiveness he lost after undergoing surgery last year on an ACL that he tore back in middle school.

Dozier joins Chris Silva in South Carolina’s 2015 class. Silva is a three-star recruit on Rivals but is ranked in ESPN’s top 100. The Gamecocks are also in the mix for Tevin Mack, another South Carolina kid that will be announcing soon.

It’s the third straight year in which Martin has brought in a four-star recruit to a program that has had limited success nationally in recent years. Sindarius Thornwell and Marcus Strohman, another kid from Columbia, are already enrolled at the school.