HOT COUGAR ACTION: Will Cedric Dozier Choose WSU?

National Signing Day isn't until tomorrow, but WSU could add a huge piece to their 2012 recruiting puzzle today. Cedric Dozier will announce his decision at 2:30 p.m. today and has reportedly narrowed his choices to WSU and California.

Dozier would be a huge pickup for the Cougars. At least in terms of accolades, he would be the most acclaimed WSU commit in quite some time. He's ranked as a 4-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He was selected as an U.S. Army All-American and was chosen as one of the five blue chip recruits in Washington by the Seattle Times.

Even after he began to waiver on his commitment to Cal, Dozier was seen by many as a long shot to end up at WSU. At one point, after his WSU visit, BearTerritory.net reported Dozier was sticking with his Cal commitment. In the last couple of days, it's become apparent WSU isn't the long shot they were thought to be, with some even saying Dozier may be leaning towards selecting WSU.

Doug Pacey of the Tacoma News Tribune will be covering Dozier's press conference and providing a live video stream, which means we will be streamin' and threadin' starting around 2 p.m. There is also the possibility Dozier's decision leaks out early in which case, we will have that too.

If you simply can't wait until 2:30, Jeff, Kyle and I recorded a recruiting focused podcast last night which should be posted later this morning.

Report: Cedric Dozier to decide between WSU, Cal on Tuesday - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Jan. 30, 2012
FROM PULLMAN — A quick post to fill you in on a WSU-related recruiting announcement expected tomorrow. Read on..

Recruiting: Lakes’ Dozier will announce for Cal or WSU at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday | The Prep Blog - The News Tribune

I spoke briefly with Cedric Dozier today at Lakes High after Zach Banner announced he’s headed to USC. Dozier said he’ll have a similar news conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when he’ll announce if his headed to Cal or Washington State. Where’s Dozier going? I don’t know. He did enjoy his official visit to WSU a week ago and he’s raved about Cal the times I’ve spoken with him about that. The streaming video worked well today for Banner’s announcement, so I’ll do it again tomorrow for Dozier’s news conference.

Football: Jeremiah Allison picks Washington State - latimes.com
Jeremiah Allison of Dorsey, one of the most prolific pass rushers in City Section history, said Monday he has selected Washington State as his college choice.

Dorsey's Allison picks Wazzu - Los Angeles Preps Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
Washington State has nabbed another underrated Southern California prospect. On Monday night it was Dorsey linebacker Jeremiah Allison who committed to new Cougars coach Mike Leach. The Los Angeles Times reported it earlier, and Allison later confirmed the news through a text message. He also had offers from Arizona, Boise State and UCLA, among others.

Cougars | Washington State quarterback recruit Austin Apodaca stuck with Cougars | Seattle Times Newspaper

When Mike Leach was done with his home visit — when he was finished chewing the fat about family, football and rodeos in Wyoming — he told Austin Apodaca something that resonated.

ESPNLA: 5 key questions before signing day - ESPN Los Angeles

Upland High wide receiver Kenny Lawler has reportedly whittled his college choices down to two. However, a third Pac-12 team might be making a late push. Oklahoma State has apparently dropped out of the picture, leaving Washington State and Oregon State to battle it out for Lawler's services.

U-Hi standout to walk on at WSU - Spokesman.com - Jan. 31, 2012

College football: University High School senior quarterback Conner Johnson accepted a preferred walk-on offer to play at Washington State after a trip to Pullman during the weekend. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Johnson had a record-breaking season, leading the Titans to the postseason.

A Monday morning rant from the woods - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Jan. 30, 2012

As usual Christian Caple has you covered with the Cougar news with his morning post, but we have a couple other things to pass along related to WSU and the Pac-12.

Tom Brady, Eli Manning preparing to lead their teams in Super Bowl XLVI - Peter King - SI.com

I've been tracking Gleason, the former Saints special-teams ace, diagnosed with ALS last January, for a story that will run on NBC's Super Bowl pregame show Sunday. My last trip to New Orleans was Wednesday. It's been a memorable few visits with Gleason and his wife, Michel, and their son, Rivers, particularly seeing how noble and human Gleason is handling the ultimate punch in the gut: how every muscle in his body is slowly but surely breaking down and failing him.

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