After committing to Cal back in October, Lakes WR/CB Cedric Dozier saw things open back up, somewhat, in January. The Bears were hit with a huge coaching staff shakeup, with Tosh Lupoi, the team's primary recruiter, and Eric Kiesau both leaving for Washington, turning the Cal recruiting class on its head. Gifted with an opening, the Washington State staff pounced, bringing Dozier in on an official visit earlier this month and making some significant headway in the process.
Mike Leach pushed hard for Dozier, spending a day at Lakes last week and sticking around to watch Dozier's basketball game in the evening. It was clear Dozier was a huge target for Leach and his new staff at WSU, and someone they felt would fit well within the confines of the Air Raid offense -- Dozier is rated as a four-star corner, but wants to play wide receiver; Cal and WSU both recruited him as an offensive skill player.
Despite the hard work, though, Washington State came up just short. At a press conference to announce his decision at Lakes High School, Dozier reaffirmed his commitment to Cal, bucking the recent trend of recruits abandoning Tedford's 2012 recruiting class.
It was a good effort, and WSU got close, but still came up just short. National Signing Day gets underway on Wednesday and we'll be back with more on the recruits who did choose WSU.