Beavs making gains with 4-star corner?

ANTHONY DYE is the No. 7 ranked cornerback in the nation. A 5-11.5, 189 pounder with some serious quicks -- he was clocked at 4.36 in the 40 at a combine -- Dye was UCLA's first verbal commitment in their '08 class but Oregon State is making a strong push. Dye talks about what will be the two most important factors in his decision and if there has been a subtle shift towards the Beavers.

Oregon State, UCLA and Oregon have all been in recent contact and Dye said all three remain viable choices for him, though OSU and UCLA look to be the two main players, and the Beavs are coming on strong with Signing Day a little over a month away.

"Overall, things are shifting a little bit towards Oregon State," Dye said earlier this week. "But we really just have to wait and see what happens with the (UCLA) coaching."

Rick Neuheisel has been brought in as the Bruins' new head coach but that's not what Dye is referring to -- the Bruin future of defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker, who was also a candidate for the UCLA head job, will play a large part in determining where Dye ends up.

"If he stays, it's not 100 percent that I'll stay. But it's more likely that I would stay," said Dye. "If he leaves, then I'm gone.

"It's real close to home and I love coach Walker, and the rest of the guys who are committed too. That's the reason I'm there -- coach Walker and the rest of the guys," said Dye, who remains a commit to UCLA.

( classifies a recruit's commitment as a soft verbal if he is committed to a school but also has an official visit to another school pending.)

WITH OREGON STATE, Nigel Burton is a coach has made a decided impact, says Dye.

"I love the fact how coach Burton talked about the family atmosphere," said Dye. "That's real important to me. And that was important to me with the UCLA commitment."

An official visit to Corvallis is scheduled for later this month, on Jan. 18.

"It's all going to depend on my visit. I'm not going to make any decisions until after my visit. Once everything is on level ground after I've taken all of my visits, then I'll be able to factor out what's important and what's not important," said Dye, who officially tripped to UCLA earlier this month and to Oregon back in October.

SCHOOLS HAVE OFFERED Dye as a cornerback but with his physicality, he could also end up playing elsewhere.

"For each one of them (OSU, UCLA, Oregon), versatility was key -- the fact that I can play corner, safety, slotback and that I'm a physical player. They said they love that about me and if I get bigger in a couple years, okay, you can move to safety no problem. And I'm willing to do whatever I can to help them team and they love that about me.

"What they said in regards to cornerback, and I never really noticed myself, but apparently I have good hips and that I'm pretty much lockdown in terms of technique. That's what they've told me."

Dye has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, slated for Jan. 5. The game will be televised by ABC at 11 a.m PT.

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