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March 1, 2013The Cougar coaching staff wasn't able to make it work to offer Torry McTyer, the son of Cougar great Tim McTyer, in the 2013 class, but they already have the son of another Cougar great committed for the class of 2014. As 2014 WR BYU commit Trey Dye said, he's working with his dad on his speed, and his dad, James Dye, definitely knows speed.
Trey knows a little something about speed himself, clocked at 4.48 in the 40 after the 2012 football season came to close, Trey feels like he's only gotten faster since then. Trey believes that him and fellow high school teammate and 4* WR Texas commit Lorenzo Joe are the same speed, and Dye's goal is to get to a 4.40 before his senior season.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound speedster says, "My dad says that I'm bigger, stronger, and faster than he was. I don't know if he's just trying to make me feel good about myself, or if he's telling the truth, but by seeing pictures of him I'm definitely bigger than he was."
He's definitely stronger too. Trey repped 225 pounds on the bench 15 times, which would have placed him in a tie for 10th in the NFL combine among wide receivers. His bench max is 295 pounds, Squat max is 360 pounds, and his hang clean max is 250 pounds.
"My coaches ask me 'What!? You benched how much!?' They almost don't believe it when they read how much I was benching and how much I can squat and everything. I'm one of the strongest benches on my team, the only kids that are beating me are a couple of offensive linemen and one linebacker."
BYU's other recent commit who can also rep out NFL combine-like numbers on the bench press is Zac Dawe, who Trey grew up playing football against in Utah County. When Zac committed to BYU, him and Trey talked, and Trey told Zac that he was thinking about committing also.
"I got the offer on February 13th, it was a Wednesday, I was just sitting down with my parents, and me, my father and my mom had a meeting with Coach Atuaia, the running back's coach. We were talking to him and he said, 'We've been studying your film, watching what you can do on the field, and we'd like to extend you an offer to come to our school should you decide to.' It felt good, it was my first offer, the only offer I have. That was the one I really wanted, growing up, watching film of my dad playing at BYU and going to all of the games with my friends as a little kid, I've always been around BYU. It felt really cool to finally get the opportunity to go to that school and follow in my dad's footsteps, it was a really cool feeling when I got it."
Dawe encouraged Trey to commit, and told Trey all of the reasons why he had committed. Along with being able to play with Dawe, there were too many reasons why BYU was a good fit for Trey for him to wait much longer to commit.
"I actually waited till the next Friday, just praying about it and really thinking about it, I felt like if anybody else did offer me would I want to go there or BYU? I felt like since I am LDS, BYU just matched up really well for me because a lot of my family is in Utah, it's where I'm from, like I said my dad went there. It's always someplace I can call home and it will be really comfortable for me, like i said it matched up."
Trey hasn't called Utah County home since moving down to Texas his freshman year, where TCU and Texas Tech have both been showing him interest. He has been on visits of each campus and their facilities, and having experienced visits to Big 12 programs, Trey is very impressed with what BYU has to offer.
"I liked those all black unis and I like the special things BYU does. As soon as I got offered I looked more into the program, and on youtube I watched some of the tours of the facilities and their locker room, and they're among the top in the nation compared to other schools. Their facilities, the coaching staff, all of the coaches I have met from BYU are extremely wonderful guys. Bronco, Coach Atuaia, when Coach Dupaix came down here to visit me, he's a great guy, you can definitely tell that they really care about their players and they want you to be the best athlete that you can be. They push you, and they really care about you, so that's the place I need to be."
It's likely that Trey will continue to gain attention from Big 12 programs, as the All-District performer averaged more than 10 yards per catch out of the slot and more than 10 yards per carry as a junior playing 5A football down in Texas, where rivalry games bring 20,000 fans to the stands. His versatility is very attractive to BYU, on his high school team he lines up in the backfield in two back sets, and he lines up in the slot in single back sets.
"They said that they're recruiting me as an athlete like I play now, running back, receiver, kick return, punt return, just a mix of things.They said when I get there, should I be able to handle it, I'll play kick return, punt return and receiver."
"Coach said he watched me catch the ball, he said I have really good hands. My elusiveness, my ability to make people miss, he said I was quick, he said I was somebody that would really fit in their offense. When I get in open space I can score touchdowns, I can do big things, I can play multiple positions, he said that they like that. He said that I'll be doing exactly what Falslev is doing on the team right now at slot receiver."
Trey isn't sure how long it will be until Cougar fans get a chance to see him in Cougar Blue. He definitely plans on serving a mission, but isn't sure if he wants to play a year first or leave for his mission the summer after he graduates from Cooper High School. With Inoke Lotulelei planning to serve a mission right after high school, and Falslev graduating after the 2013 season, there might be a good opportunity for Trey to play as a true freshman in 2014. Regardless of whether Cougar fans see him in 2014 or 2016, that big-play Dye speed is coming back to Lavell Edwards Stadium.