May 2, 2012

Dawgs pushing for Dye?

There are few players in the country more dynamic and versatile than Elbert County athlete Tyshon Dye.

At 6-feet, 200 pounds, Dye has the frame to excel at number of positions at the next level, and a school just down the road from his home town of Elberton has recently begun making a push for the four star prospect.

"Everything is going good with Georgia," said Dye. "They called me a few weeks ago and told me that they wanted to build the relationship with me and recruit me, and they have been in contact since."

On Tuesday, the Bulldogs sent one of their top recruiters, Bryan McClendon, to Elberton to meet with the Rivals250 star, and while things didn't go as planned, Dye and McClendon still had a chance to connect.

"Coach McClendon came by my school on Tuesday, but I had already gone home from track practice because he got stuck in traffic," said Dye. "So we got in touch on his way out, and we talked for awhile. We just talked about life and stuff and he is really trying to build that relationship with me. I'm supposed to call him tomorrow actually."

Some may believe that the Bulldogs are going after Dye as an athlete with plans to play him other than his preferred position of running back, but according to the Elbert County standout, Georgia would like for him to join their backfield in 2013.

"Coach McClendon told me that some people think they are completely through at running back, but he said that they aren't," said Dye. "He told me that last year they had to play walk on guys at the position and that they want me there because I can play the position well. They like my size and my speed."

Dye admits that Auburn and Clemson are recruiting him the hardest at this point in the process, but the fact that Georgia has entered the game just recently may not hurt them as much as some may think.

"I grew up liking Georgia and my family is Georgia fans," he said. "We all like Georgia, and I know they have had great running backs like Knowshon Moreno and that they made a run at the SEC championship last year. I'm kind of iffy on whether or not they are going to have a chance with me to be honest, but I'm thinking they will."

As a junior in Blue Devils' Wing-T offense, Dye starred at right half-back, but he is expecting things to look a little different in 2012.

"I know we are planning on putting in some I-formation stuff this year and let me play running back like that," said Dye. "I'll also play some defense too. I just want to go out there and run better, play better, and help my team the best I can. That is what it is all about."

With the Georgia State Track and Field meet quickly approaching, and spring football currently underway, Dye is as busy as anyone at this time.

The blue chip athlete does, however, have one thing figured out about his recruitment at this time.

Dye has no idea how it will pan out.

"I'm really open," said Dye. "I don't know how recruiting is going to go for me. I just know that I'm going to try and make the best decision."

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