Cedric Dozier thanked a lot of people, talked about a lot of different things and did not make his announcement for about 20 minutes.
Then he put down the microphone during the ceremony at his high school, looked at the hats placed on the table, picked Cal and basically said he's sticking with the commitment he made in mid-October.
"I chose Cal because you can't go wrong with Cal," Dozier said. "It's a great situation with academics and sports. It's a win-win situation."
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Dozier, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound four-star athlete from Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes, had considered Washington State in recent days but decided to stick with his original commitment to the Golden Bears.
That stems a trend that has taken place in recent days of Cal commits going to other programs.
Five-star safety Shaq Thompson and four-star receiver Jordan Payton both picked Washington and after defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi left for the Huskies five-star defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy flipped to UCLA.
But Dozier decided to stick with his pledge and not flip to Washington State. Washington was also being considered at some point but the Huskies did not receive a visit this past weekend and Cal and Washington State were the two finalists.
"They're great people," Dozier said of Cal. "I want to be well-rounded in my environment."
Dozier, who helped lead Lakewood Lakes to an 11-1 record this season, can play offense, defense or special teams. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 12 athlete, No. 152 in the 2012 class and fourth in the Washington state rankings.
Four of the top five and eight of the top 10 players in the Washington rankings have left the state this recruiting cycle.