Dye Solidifies UCLA Commitment

Anthony Dye was the first player to verbally commit to UCLA in their 2008 class. The No. 9-ranked cornerback in the nation out of Corona Calif., Dye opened up his recruitment after the Dorrell firing, and said he had been shifting toward Oregon State, until recent Bruin developments...

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As longtime watchers of recruiting know, things can turn on a dime and offer up nine cents change. In the case of Anthony Dye, things have shifted back to UCLA, and for good this time, he says.

"The (OSU) trip went real, I loved it. I got to hang out with... (Ryan McCants) and that was great... But I made up my mind last night (Tuesday). We sat down as a family and went over everything and I loved the visit. But between Oregon State and UCLA, I had to go with UCLA," said Dye.

There are several reasons that go into any commitment, and Dye's was no exception, but the tipping point looks to have been the hiring of Norm Chow as the Bruins' offensive coordinator.

"The hiring of Chow, there were just so many factors and opportunities involved with that -- I just couldn't pass those up. And then (also) coach (DeWayne) Walker. I love Oregon State and I thought it was a great (school) and the decision was really hard, but it was just too good an opportunity to pass up," said Dye.

"With Chow, I haven't met him or anything but I have heard he's a recruiting guru, an offensive great."

Oregon had also been strongly pursuing Dye.

Dye said he also will relish the chances as a Bruin to go up against UCLA's closest rival on the football field.

"But wherever I was going to go, I was always going to be more than ready to go up against USC," said Dye with a laugh.

The Santiago standout said he plans to hit the ground running when he arrives at UCLA and mirror his future head coach.

"With Neuheisel, there's more a sense of winning urgency than I've ever met in any coach," said Dye. "This man wants to win. And he's in it for the long run. And I really appreciate his enthusiasm for the direction of this program."

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