Trey Dye, wide receiver from Abilene, Texas, committed to Bronco Mendenhall and the BYU Cougars on Friday night, becoming BYU's fourth commitment of the 2014 recruiting class.
Dye, a 5'9" receiver, is unrated by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, and his Hudl highlights are marked private. So why am I spending time to write an article about it? Nostalgia, and the hope for a game-breaking return artist putting on BYU blue.
Trey is the son of James Dye, another 5'9" receiver who made his name at BYU in 1995-96. The speedy James returned five kicks for touchdowns in his two-year BYU career, including two punts and one kickoff during BYU's 14-1 campaign of 1996.
You punt, you Dye.— Robby Huckvale (@robby_huckvale) February 23, 2013
Trey's commitment to BYU comes shortly after BYU fell short of bringing Torrey McTyer, son of James Dye's teammate Tim, to campus after Cal pulled his offer just before signing day. The 2013 WR/DB recruit McTyer ended up signing with UNLV.
Interestingly, Trey called another teammate of his father's to give BYU his commitment: new RB coach Mark Atuaia.
The younger Dye was credited for 211 rushing yards and 214 receiving yards in 2012 as a junior for the Cooper High Cougars.
BYU fans, including us and Robby above, took the moment to reminisce about James Dye's prowess:
Yes. If he is any bit the gamebreaker his pops was, this will be awesome RT @brandoncgurney just confirmed that Trey Dye committed to BYU— Vanquish The Foe (@VanquishTheFoe) February 23, 2013
With Dye on the mind, can BYU please get someone who's a legit kick return threat? Hoping Michael Davis can be. Wish Drew Phillips wrked out— Vanquish The Foe (@VanquishTheFoe) February 23, 2013
@vanquishthefoe I'm glad I'm not the only one to remember his magic— Torrey Ellis (@JazzHoops) February 23, 2013
I will always remember watching James Dye housing a kickoff return from the press box with @zbloxham against UTEP in 1996.— Brett Hein (@bhein3) February 23, 2013
James Dye's son Trey just committed to Brigham Young University. A great day to be a Cougar! #BYU— Zach Bloxham (@zbloxham) February 23, 2013
We will watch Trey's 2013 season with interest and look forward to another Dye gracing the field in Provo. And he better be wearing #6 when he gets here.