ON LOCATION: Tyshon Dye

ELBERTON, Ga. - Tyshon Dye talks about his expectations for the fall, best friend in the 2013 signing class and recovery from his fractured ankle.

The four-star running back spent the spring semester in the classroom wrapping up his final months at Elbert County High School. After school, he was on the track for one final season as a sprinter.

Earlier this month, Tyshon Dye qualified for the state track meet in the 100-meter, 200 and 4x100. He'll graduate from high school on Friday.

"I started back lifting weights this week because I've been out, because of track. But I've been doing some bag drills, a lot of agility, a lot of speed stuff," Dye told CUTigers last week during an ON LOCATION interview.

Assuming everything works out academically, Dye will enroll at Clemson later this summer. He looks forward to taking those highly sought after talents to Tigertown.

"I'm just ready to prove a point. I feel like I've got something to prove," he said.

Something to prove?

During his prep career, Dye rushed for over 3,000 yards, scored 44 touchdowns rushing and four more on kickoff returns.

Even with all the offers and accolades, Dye has a sizeable chip on his shoulder.

"I've always been like that," he said. "I feel like I've got to prove something."

His best friend in the class, fellow four-star running back Wayne Gallman, has the same kind of mindset.

"We feel like we've got something to prove," Dye said. "We'll just get up there and work hard. We can be a one-two combination."

He added, "Wayne and I are pretty tight. He's my homeboy. We're going to be rooming together. I talk with a couple of other guys [in the class], but we aren't really tight like Wayne and I are."

As for the ankle that he fractured during football season, it's doing just fine.

"It's better," Dye said. Elbert County was on a role when he went down with the injury. Seven games into the season, the Blue Devils had won their previous four games.

"That hurt a bunch," head coach Sid Fritts said. "Then, we didn't have him the rest of the way. What went from a very promising season -- you take away the player a caliber of Tyshon Dye and it hurts you.

"We had others that went down as well. We had so many injuries last year. But Tyshon's injury was devastating."

Had Dye not gone down with the injury, Fritts said Dye was "on track" to rush for close to 1,500 yards.

"He was having a great year, had a couple of big returns in the kicking game returned for touchdowns," Fritts said. "He was bigger, stronger as he was as a junior when he gained 1,500 yards. We were excited about what he could bring to the table, in terms of a big-play threat."

That's part of what excites Clemson about Dye -- the big-play threat.

"It's going to be a transition for him, going from a huddle offense to a no-huddle offense. Then you throw in the tempo that's involved," Fritts said. "But I don't foresee Tyshon struggling with the speed of the game. I don't see him struggling with the physical nature of the game.

"Just transitioning in the offense is going to take him a little while, as it does all freshmen."

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