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BYU football recruiting: Trey Dye signs with the Cougars

Cooper High School's Trey Dye has officially signed to play for Bronco Mendenhall.

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Three-star wide receiver Trey Dye, out of storied Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas has signed a letter of intent to play for BYU. Dye's name should sound familiar to BYU fans, as he is the son of explosive BYU legend James Dye. Dye has decided to follow in his father's footsteps, and attend BYU. Attending his father's alma mater apparently mattered to Trey, as he was only recruited by the Cougars, and verbally committed to BYU in February of 2013; following an honorable mention all district selection. If the name Cooper High School sounds familiar, it is because they play in the same district as legendary Odessa Permian High School of Friday Night Lights fame.

Dye checks in at 5'9" and 175 pounds, but, like his father, Trey is a testament to the axiom that big things come in small packages. Officially clocked at a 4.50 40 yard dash, Dye possesses even more true football speed. He has an ability to shed tackles and make players miss in the open field that is reminiscent of Reggie Bush or Percy Harvin, and he shows an ability to make tough catches that brings Doug Baldwin to mind. He plays bigger than his size, and attacks the ball in the air, rather than waiting for it to come to him. He's also an aggressive rusher, with strength that belies his slight frame, and good balance and shiftiness. BYU is going for speed in space and athleticism, and like a couple of other recruits in this class, Dye's key is his versatility. He can be utilized on the fly sweep, out of the backfield, or lined up in the slot. He will be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Look for young Dye to return kicks as well, and don't be surprised if he threatens his old man's records.

BYU is thin at wideout with only 12 players, including new recruits, going into spring camp. Of those returners, only Ross Apo and Mitch Matthews have any significant collegiate playing experience. While redshirting might be an option for Dye, expect him to contribute. He should replace the departing J.D. Falslev as the utility slot receiver/scatback combination, as well as in the return game.