Dye Discusses His UCLA Commitment

UCLA picked up its first verbal in the class of 2008 this week when Corona (Calif.) Santiago cornerback Anthony Dye gave the Bruins a commitment. Dye talks about why he picked UCLA and about his other athletic venture...

UCLA picked up their first commitment from the class of 2008 earlier this week, dipping into the defensive back ranks.

Corona (Calif.) Santiago cornerback Anthony Dye (5-11, 182), took an unofficial visit to Westwood on Saturday and after talking with defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker and head coach Karl Dorrell and watching his film, he left the campus with an offer.

By Monday, Dye knew he wanted to be a Bruin and called the coaches to commit.

"They offered me in person on Saturday, so I said I'd think about it, talk it over with my family and then decide," said Dye. "I let them know on Monday I was committing."

Dye had been hearing from Arizona State, Washington State and Cal and was on the verge of picking up an offer from BYU when he decided to end his recruitment.

"The overall environment was nice, the character of the players, that's what really put them over the edge," said Dye. "I met Trey Brown and Michael Norris when they were on their way to work out and they were nice guys. They kind of popped out of nowhere. I didn't know they were really interested in me but they liked what they saw on my film."

Dye said Walker wants him to come in as a cornerback but if he continues to grow, safety could end up his ultimate destination.

"It's up to DeWayne Walker," said Dye. "I envision myself at corner but if he needs me to bump over safety I will be glad to. I'm hoping to grow another two inches or so and add at least 10 more pounds."

Dye played with Oregon State commit Ryan McCants and members of the Bruin coaching staff were on hand to scout McCants when Santiago played Servite. In that game, Dye was matched up against Servite's D.J. Shoemate and had seven tackles and an interception against the Friars. So playing with McCants had its rewards. In college, Dye will get a chance to play against his Sharks teammate.

"I haven't talked with him yet about it but that will be fun," said Dye. "It won't be a lot of fun to try and tackle him though."

Dye said he plays with a lot of aggression, a byproduct of his days playing hockey.

"I think the similarities are I have good reaction and I've been part of a big environment," said Dye, who played on several world-class junior level teams. "There was a point where I needed to decide if was going to go the hockey route or football and so I chose football."

Dye thought about playing his college football back east and the weather he's experienced when traveling around the world playing hockey was part of the reason he was open to the idea.

"I've been to Canada and a lot of places where it's been cold so back east would have been great," said Dye. "But my family is definitely excited about me being close to home. They are very supportive of my decision."

Last fall, Dye finished with 90 tackles and four interceptions and took one back for a score. Against top-ranked Corona Centennial, he had 18 tackles. This fall, he'll play receiver and be the Sharks' top kick and punt returner.

Dye earned First Team all-Mountain View League honors and First Team all-Riverside County selection.

Academically, he has a 3.2 GPA and will take the SAT in May.

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