Stepping out of the shadows

Many may recall the years when James Dye became a Cougar favorite, wowing fans with his speed while catching passes and electrifying the crowd with amazing kick returns. Now, it's round two. Junior Trey Dye, James' son, is beginning to blip on recruiting radar as an up-and-coming talent in the mold of his father.

BYU recruiting coordinator Coach DuPaix recently paid a visit to Abilene, Texas, where he stopped at Abilene Cooper High School to do some scouting.

"Coach DuPaix came down and my head coach called me in and I went out to the field house," said Trey Dye. "I went in and saw him standing there and we sat down in my head coach's office and talked about football a little bit."

What does the 5-foot-9-inch, 179-pound Trey think about being on the recruiting radar of his church college and possibly playing for the Cougars?

"It's something that I would love to do," he said with a chuckle. "It's pretty exciting to think about for sure."

The Texas athlete does intend on attending BYU's summer camp next year to put his multifaceted talents on display for all to see.

"I haven't been up to a BYU camp yet, but I plan on doing so this up-and-coming summer," said Trey. "I plan on heading out there this next summer so I can show the coaches what I can do."

But what is it about him that has caused him to blip on the BYU Cougar radar? Apparently, this son of a former BYU star has a bevvy of talents that Abilene High School head coach Todd Moebes uses at his disposal. It appears the coconut hasn't fallen too far from the tree.

"I was kind of like a player that was used when and wherever they needed me," Trey said. "Our quarterback [Lorenzo Joe] is committed to Texas, so he gets most of the carries. I was the weapon on the field that ran the sweeps and quick strikes downfield. They would put me in the back field when they needed to run."

"They use him all over," said his father James. "They use him for the jet sweeps. They play him at the slot and use him in the bubble screens. They put him in the backfield in the diamond formations and let him do his thing. He was a terror whether he was blocking or just getting the ball all over the place."

A terror is right. Trey averaged nearly nine yards a carry and 17.3 yards per reception while playing at the Texas 5A level.

"When I got the ball, I was able to produce a little bit and score a few touchdowns," he said.

"[Abilene Cooper High School is] a big school with a lot of competition, but he's done really well on the football field," James said about his son. "We play against guys committed to big programs all over the nation. We play a lot of big-time players at a lot of these schools we play at this level."

Much like his father, Trey is a sort of utility player used where he is needed most. And, like his father, he also returns punts and kickoffs.

"I most just play on the offensive side of the ball," Dye said. "I play running back and wide receiver and do kick returns as well. My coaches have just kept me on the offensive side of the ball. They like to just keep guys on the offense and defense, so really, there's no one on our team that goes both ways."

"He's going to be that all-around type player that can do a lot of things for his team," said James. "That's kind of how they're molding him. They won't play him on defense but will just use him as an offensive weapon. They'll have him at running back and slot receiver, or wherever there is a need for a mismatch, that's where they'll move him to, kind of like what they did with Reggie Bush."

Using Bush in that manner was a big boost for USC, as evidenced by Bush winning the Heisman.

"Honestly, I'm nowhere near the skill level, but how my coaches are using me kind of how USC used Reggie Bush," said Trey. "They'll move me out to the slot where I can catch some passes and make plays down in the passing game. I get the honor of also playing running back, so I love making moves and making people miss and racking up the rushing yards."

So on the offensive side of the ball is where he'll stay.

"Yeah, ever since I started playing football, I've always been an offensive-type player," said Trey. "I've never been much of a defensive type of a player."

"When he was in junior high he played both ways," said James. "When he got into the ninth grade over there at Lone Peak High School they didn't specialize as much, so he just played running back over there. Then we moved and we got here in Texas and in his J.V. year they liked him at running back, but he caught the ball so well they like him at receiver too. So, they moved him around and he never came off the field. He was pretty much like Reggie Bush, he never came off the field. Wherever they needed him, that's where he was. He was the best blocker, he's a good ball-carrier, he's patient and one of those players they had to have on the field at all times.

"Our quarterback was a receiver last year and they moved him to quarterback this year. With all the weapons the team has this year, they put the ball in the hands around the quarterback and for his senior year it's going to be basically an offense that revolves around him and Trey. I mean, Trey is never going to come off the field. He's basically going to be a staple in that offense.

While BYU fans might get excited at the possibility of another Dye in the Cougar fold, there is yet another son coming up just over the horizon. This one, however, will be more of a defensive specialist.

"What I'm hoping for is for my younger one will play defense next year," said James about his son Colden. "He's a corner all the way! He's around 6'0", 160 pounds and will be a junior next year."

Trey has been shown some interest by the Cougars of BYU, and the interest is mutual. The Abilene Cooper High School athlete wouldn't mind following in the footsteps of his father if the opportunity arrises.

"Yeah, I definitely like BYU," said Trey. "A lot of that comes from growing up at BYU and watching games. It's a school where my dad played at years ago. I just imagine myself playing at BYU and wearing number six, the same jersey my dad wore when he played there. People I've talked to told me, 'Just imagine going to BYU where your dad played, and having them see the name Dye on the back of a BYU jersey. They would love you out there.' BYU has been a place where I've always wanted to go."

Hopefully he'll be able to do just that. One thing is certain though, and that is the fact that Dye wants to be a missionary.

"Oh yes sir, I will definitely serve a mission," Trey said boldly. "That's something I definitely want to do when the time comes."

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