Anthony Dye, the 5-foot-11.5, 192-pound four-star cornerback/safety from Santiago High School in Corona, Calif., has been committed to UCLA since last March. There was a time when he seriously considered changing his mind.
"When all those rumors about coach Karl Dorrell started popping up, I started looking at other schools," Dye said. "I visited Oregon on Oct. 27 because I needed to have a back-up plan."
. While Dye says he's still plans to visit Oregon State on Jan. 18, he says he's once again "100 percent" committed to the Bruins. "That's where I'm going," he said. "I'm still committed to UCLA. I had a great visit there (Dec. 15) and I have a great relationship with all the other commits already. It's something really special they are putting together."
Dye is also very excited about the opportunity to play under new coach Rick Neuheisel. "I love coach Neuheisel," he said. "He's a winner and I love that. They've talked with me about playing corner or safety and they said they'll figure that out during the camps, but they said they'll definitely want me to get some early playing time."
While Dye is enthusiastic about coach Neuheisel, it was another coach that sealed the deal for UCLA. "If coach DeWayne Walker hasn't stayed, I would have probably been committed to Oregon State now," Dye said. "He's the main reason I decided to stick with them.
"UCLA is the perfect place for me," he said. "It's a great environment, it's close to home, I love the players and I just can't see myself at any other place. I'm only still visiting Oregon State because I promised them I would and I don't want to break my word.
"Oregon and Oregon State are both still recruiting me and have been by my school, but they know that I'm going to UCLA."
Growing up, Dye admits that he never really followed football. "I was a hockey fan and I liked Michigan because they always had a good hockey team," he said. "I didn't get into football until high school."
Dye finished his senior season (9-5) with 161 tackles and one interception. He also ran the ball, rushing for 796 yards and 11 touchdowns in five games.
"I've been told I have good football IQ," he said. "I have great awareness and instincts. I'm not sure if there's one major weakness I have. I guess I'll have to talk about that with coach Walker, but I just want to get better overall."
He reports a 2.8 core GPA and says he's still waiting on his results from the Nov. 3 SAT. "I should have had them by now," he said. "I'm not sure what's going on."