Travis Dye (Brandon Huffman)

Oregon Lands Commitment From Talented SoCal RB Travis Dye

Norco (Calif.) running back Travis Dye has been a big Oregon lean ever since the Ducks offered him a scholarship last month and the athlete pulled the trigger and committed to the Ducks moments ago.

When the Oregon Ducks offered Travis Dye a scholarship last month, it always seemed like more a matter of when, not if he would commit.

Dye made the road trip to Eugene for Junior Day and made his commitment public moments ago.

"I actually to them before the visit but wanted to do it public at Junior Day," Dye said. "I thought it would be cool to do it in person and help start recruiting the 2018 class. Man I'm really excited to be a Duck, this has been my top school for a while and to have this opportunity is incredible.

"I love the new staff, I love everything about them. They're so enthusiastic and they really made me feel welcome and like I was a priority for them. The new RB coach, Donte Pimpleton, he treats me like family already. He's on me every day and we have built a great relationship. Coach Taggart is cool too, he's very fired up and excited to be at Oregon and you can tell he's going to turn things around."

Dye's older brother Troy Dye had a big freshman season for the Ducks last season and has spoke glowingly about the new staff.

"Troy loves it there,' Dye said. "We talk all the time and he loves the new staff and the direction the program is going. He likes all the coaches and has told me how much they like me. I can't wait to play with Troy again. We played together when I was a sophomore and it was awesome so hopefully we can do big things together. 

"My dad is fired up too to have us together so it's just a great all around fit. I'm looking forward to learning more about the offense, the scheme and how I fit in there. They told me I'm a great fit for what they want to do so that's good to hear. They're graduating some running backs in the next couple of years but depth chart didn't play a role for me. I don't care about that stuff, I'm just excited to be a Duck and focus on my season now."

Dye said he's completely shutting down his recruitment and will not be taking any other trips. As a junior, Dye rushed for 1,878 yards and 15 touchdowns and caught 29 balls for 465 yards and six more scores. He's a slasher, very quick hitting the hole, elusive in the open field and has tremendous hands out of the backfield as well. 

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