Profile: Travis Dye
Position: Running Back
Location: Norco (Calif.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Recruiting: Dye made his commitment to Oregon public last Saturday at the Ducks Junior Day but he had privately already told the coaches he was coming. He wanted to commit during the Junior Day to get some buzz going and help recruit some of the other talented players on campus. One of the big surprises in Dye's recruitment was the fact the Ducks were his only offer, although he was hearing from several other programs. Once Oregon offered him a month ago, this recruitment was all but over.
What to Like: Dye is a slasher, more quick than fast and a very decisive runner. He shows a nice burst hitting the hole, is an instinctual runner with a great natural feel for the position. He has some put on good weight in the off-season and recently measured out a rock solid 190 pounds and shows the power and toughness to run between the tackles as well the elusiveness to make you miss in the open field. He has excellent hands coming out of the backfield and will be a major threat in the passing game. He's a high football IQ player, very smart and heady and should have no problems picking up a complex college offense. Dye is a highly competitive player as well who plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder and has a nice edge to his game.
Areas to improve: Dye can continue to improve his short area quickness and top end speed. As mentioned, he has a nice burst and vision and hits the hole decisively but if he can get even faster and show the speed to run away from a defender at the next level, it will take his game to another level. We'll be interested to see how much more size Dye puts on in college as he's already a well built 190 pounds but guessing he'll be able to carry another 10-15 pounds without losing too much if any of his quickness.
Overall Analysis: Dye, who's the younger brother of freshman linebacker Troy Dye, is a very solid pickup for the Ducks and fills a position of need. Oregon will be losing several talented backs over the next couple of seasons and needs to stock back up. Dye is a multi-dimensional back who does a lot of things well and will offer a ton of versatility because of his ability to catch the football. We could even see Dye playing some in the slot and making plays in the offense. Oregon will likely bring in another back in this class but we know Dye won't be worried about competition and actually feeds off of it.