Civil War battle for Dye

After landing an offer from Oregon, three-star Norco (Calif.) safety Troy Dye has both the Ducks and Beavers in prime position entering the summer

Three-star Norco (Calif.) safety Troy Dye was one of several athletes to land an offer from Oregon on Thursday evening. The talented prospect added to an offer list that includes Colorado, Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV, Washington State and Oregon State, and he told that right now it’s a Civil War battle for his services at the collegiate level.

“Oregon State is at the top of the board right now,” he said. “And then Oregon is right there with them right now. It’s between those two schools as of now.”

Dye said Oregon State sits on top because of new head coach Gary Andersen’s rebuilding plan.

“Wherever Coach Andersen goes they rebuild or they just reload and they just do great wherever he goes,” he said. “He’s just a great coach and he just knows what to do, so that stuff really helps a recruit like me looking for the future.”

Oregon, on the other hand, pursued Dye for a few months before defensive coordinator Don Pellum extended an offer following the evaluation period. Dye said that Oregon came into the picture in January and that after putting on a strong showing during his evaluation, the offer arrived along with some notes from Pellum about why he thinks Dye would fit in with the Ducks defensive scheme.

"He said he really liked my footwork and how I’m 6-(foot)-3, 210-(pounds) and move like a 5-(foot)-7 corner," he said. "And I can play wherever they need me to play. I play outside linebacker, I can come off the edge, I cover well. Everything that I can do fits their defense really well.”

Dye thinks he could get even bigger before college and wouldn’t be surprised if he grew into an outside linebacker, a topic he’s discussed with Pellum.

“He said if I get bigger I can move to outside linebacker,” Dye said. “But if I stay where I am now I can still play the safety position. But I know with the way I grow and the way I mature, I’ll probably get bigger and eventually move to the outside linebacker spot and still have the ability to cover people.”

Dye visited Oregon earlier in the spring and enjoyed the campus and environment surrounding the university. He said he also thinks his athleticism is a great fit for Pellum’s scheme and that Oregon’s winning tradition is a positive that sticks out to him.

But whether he ends up a Beaver or a Duck, he’s knows he’ll be looking forward to the competition he’ll face on a yearly basis.

“Oregon is just a great place and those two schools are great schools that play each other really tough every year,” he said. “So wherever I go I know I’ll be playing great games every year.”

Dye expects to make a final decision sooner than later.

“I plan on making a decision before the summer ends so I can focus on school,” he said. “I’m trying to graduate early so I’m trying to focus on the season and stuff like that."

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