With football season over and some time for players to reflect, January is a common time for many college athletes to announce their intentions of transferring.
Tuesday night brought another one, with Hawaii WR Dylan Collie announcing his decision to transfer upon his graduation in May. This means that he will be immediately eligible to play this next season.
Thank you for the memories Hawai’i, looking forward to the next chapter pic.twitter.com/put31B3L4X— Dylan Collie (@23Collie) January 17, 2018
Collie had a stellar junior season for the Rainbow Warriors, as he finished with 56 receptions, 636 receiving yards and 4 TD’s; all of those stats would have led BYU this season. For his career (3 seasons), Collie has 118 receptions, 1,300 yards and 9 TD’s.
Collie committed to BYU as a member of the 2012 class and redshirted during the 2012 season. He then served a LDS mission, and transferred to Hawaii when he returned home.
Collie’s reason for leaving BYU was never made public, although some speculate a rift between former offensive coordinator Robert Anae and Collie contributed to his transfer. Brandon Doman was the OC at BYU when Dylan committed, and Robert Anae was rehired at BYU the next season. Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune spoke of the beef between Anae and Collie:
Collie's beef was probably more with Anae than Holliday, but both coaches told him he'd have a hard time getting playing time post-mission.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) January 6, 2016
Will Dylan come back to BYU? Most BYU fans are familiar with the Collie name, as his two older brothers and father both having played at BYU. Although not the talent of Austin, Dylan would help bolster a lackluster receiving group and could very well be the top receiver of the bunch.
BYU coaches are aware of his transfer and will pursue Collie, but Dylan will consider his options before making a decision of where he will spend his final year of college. Jeff Grimes has been active on the recruiting trail since being hired, and landing Collie may end up being a priority over the next few months.
Dylan’s junior year highlights can be viewed below: