I.E.: Arizona State loses another football recruit

December, 26, 2011
12/26/11
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The coaching change at Arizona State claimed another Inland Empire recruit last week.

Chaparral outside linebacker C.J. Dozier has de-committed from the Sun Devils, according to the recruiting publication, Scout.com.

Dozier, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior who averaged 5.3 tackles a game last season, made a non-binding verbal commitment to Arizona State in July, prior to taking any official visits.

After four consecutive losing seasons, Dennis Erickson was fired as coach of the Sun Devils on Nov. 28. Two weeks later, the school hired former Pittsburgh coach Todd Graham, his fourth head coaching job since 2006.

Shortly after Erickson was fired, Upland wide receiver Kenny Lawler also de-committed from the Sun Devils. The 6-3, 185-pound senior made a soft commitment to Arizona State back in February.

“I'm very excited to be a Sun Devil,” Lawler told ESPN at the time. “They're my first offer and I just decided to go ahead and take it. It's a soft commit, I'm still going to keep my options open and if other schools come calling, I'll still check them out but as of now, it looks good that ASU will be my school.”

According to Scout.com, Dozier is still considering Arizona State, but UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Nebraska, Arizona, Cal and San Diego State are also in the mix. National signing day is Feb.1.

Lawler, who caught 53 passes for 1,267 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, lists UCLA, Cal, Michigan State and Nebraska as his top choices.

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