ABILENE, Tex. — Most BYU fans remember kick returner extraordinaire James Dye. Throughout the mid-90s he electrified LaVell Edwards Stadium with his speed and penchant of taking it to the house on any play and any given situation.
His accomplishments aren’t lost on his oldest son, Trey, who committed to sign with BYU on Saturday night.
“I grew up hearing his stories and watching some of his plays, so I’m well-aware of what my dad accomplished at BYU and I’m proud about that,” Trey said. “I just hope I can bring some of that same excitement and help the team like he did.”
Trey Dye is a 5-foot-10, 178 athlete who stars for Abilene Cooper High School in Texas. As a junior last season, he played at running back, receiver, a little bit on defense and, of course, returned punts and kickoffs.
His accomplishments caught the attention of BYU coaches who offered him a full-ride scholarship in early February.
It was the one scholarship Trey was seeking above all others and he subsequently didn’t take long to accept.
“BYU is where I’ve always wanted to play — it’s my dream school, so I decided not to wait for other offers,” he said. “I grew up watching BYU games, listening to my dad’s stories and it’s been my dream to follow in his footsteps and now I’ll have that chance.”
Trey grew up in northern Utah County until his freshman year when his family moved to Abilene. Although BYU is now far away in distance, it’s remained close in his thoughts throughout the recruiting process which was about to pick up in earnest over the summer.
“I was starting to hear a lot from Utah, Utah State, Texas Tech and some other schools, but I didn’t grow up dreaming of playing for any of those schools — I grew up dreaming about playing for BYU, so why wait around to see what offers I could get?”, he related. “I prayed about it and every time I did, I’d feel so comfortable that BYU was where I needed to be and that was the biggest thing leading to my decision.”
Trey called up Cougar coaches and was able to talk to head coach Bronco Mendenhall over the phone.
“I haven’t met coach Mendenhall in person, but I can’t wait to have that opportunity,” he said. “He’s a great coach and I love how direct he is with you and how he cares about you as a person and as a player. He’s the perfect coach for me.”
BYU offered Trey as an athlete who could play any number of positions, much like his father, who played on both offense and defense during his career.
So how does Trey compare with his father athletically?
"My dad always tells me that I'm bigger, stronger and faster than he was when he was my age, so we'll see," Trey said. "It's a lot to live up to, but all I can do is keep on working and hopefully I can do some great things at BYU."
Trey is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and has definite plans to serve a mission although he hasn’t yet decided when that will be.
“We’ve talked about my mission plans a lot and we’ll continue to talk about them,” Trey said. “I’ll talk to coaches and we’ll decide together whether I should play a year and then go or leave straight out of High School. I just know that I’m definitely going to serve one.”
Late 2013 signee
BYU announced its 2013 signing class in early February, but made what could be a key addition just recently. Tomasi Laulile, from Westlake, Calif., signed with BYU and will work to fill an immediate need at defensive tackle.
According to scout.com, the 6-foot-3, 265 prospect held offers from Fresno State, Ohio and and UNLV.