A couple high-profile football recruits played basketball at Alaska Airlines Arena at UW on Monday when Lakes took on Garfield at the King Holiday Hoopfest.
Garfield wasn’t the only team putting a full-court press on Lakes. At least six University of Washington football coaches turned out to watch recruits Zach Banner and Cedric Dozier. During most of the first quarter, Huskies coaches were stationed at three of the four tunnels that lead onto the court.
After the game – Lakes won 73-68 in double-overtime – Dozier, a defensive back/receiver, confirmed that he remained committed to Cal. Earlier in the day Cal coach Tosh Lupoi accepted a position with the Huskies and there was speculation that might sway Dozier to take an official visit to Washington.
“I’m not going to take an official,” he said. “I don’t see it happening. It would have to come to me in a dream or something spiritual. I’m still committed to the University of California.”
Dozier, who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, said he liked Lupoi and wished him luck at Washington. He also understands that coaches will come and go from programs.
“I’m mature enough to understand that college football is a business,” he said. “Sometimes there’s a better deal somewhere else and I’m pretty sure his deal is way better (at UW).”
Banner said he will leave for USC on Friday to take his official visit. He also reiterated that he is considering three schools – USC, Oklahoma and Washington – despite a television report that claimed the Huskies had been eliminated.
Banner said his plan his to make his decision public on Feb. 1, which is national signing day, during a ceremony at Lakes.
Banner said Lupoi recruited him when the coach was at Cal, but his hiring didn’t immediately sway him toward Washington.
“Just another coach,” he said. “There’s a whole bunch of good coaches in the Pac 12 and in the country. Oklahoma has a good set of coaches, USC has a good set of coaches and so does UW.”