January 5, 2012

Dye still unsure

Playmakers, at every level, are always a hot commodity.

Whether it is a guy who can take a hand off 80 yards for a score or a player that can out jump the defense to catch a touchdown, programs all over the country are searching for that guy.

When it comes to the 2013 recruiting class in Georgia, few players can rival the abilities of Elbert County athlete Tyshon Dye.

Dye finished his junior season with 212 carries for 1,561 yards and 21 touchdowns, but he isn't just a running back.

The Peach State playmaker also had 17 catches for 198 yards, and even had a touchdown pass for the Blue Devils.

The Georgia Rising Seniors Bowl was a perfect opportunity for Dye to put his multitude of talents on display.

"This week I'm playing more in the slot, as a receiver," said Dye. "I have some formations where I am playing running back, but I'm playing receiver and returning kicks too."

Several of the East coaches raved about Dye's ability to help their team in multiple ways, and the Head Coach of the East squad, Stephenson's Ron Gartrell, had high praise for the Elberton native.

"He has really good hands," said Gartrell. "He may have the best hands out here. He is a really good player and will help us a lot."

That is exactly what Dye did for the East as he went up high to pull down a game-tying touchdown in the second quarter of the Rising Seniors Bowl.

Dye also made another nice catch on that drive to set up the score, and was happy with performance in the game.

"I did good I think," he said. "I caught some passes and made some plays. I think I did pretty good."

A couple of schools have already taken notice of the star junior's talents and have extended verbal offers.

"I have the two offers from Georgia and Clemson right now," he said. "I'm hoping for more, but those are the two I have right now and they are good offers. Those two are on top."

When it comes to Georgia and Clemson, he has certain things he enjoys about both schools.

"With Clemson, I really like the coaching staff. They have good facilities and they have pretty cool players. They are recruiting me as a running back," said Dye. "With Georgia, I love Georgia. I like the coaches and they have nice facilities, too."

When it comes to the Bulldogs, Dye is well aware of UGA's running back troubles in 2011, but there is still one thing that has him worried about the home team.

"They just got a top recruit in the nation at running back, so I really don't know what I think about my chances there," he said. "I know I could go and help out there, but I also know they are bringing in some great players."

When it comes to making a decision, the Peach state athlete is in no hurry, and is going to be patient in waiting to hear from other schools.

"I won't decide for awhile," he said. "I'm waiting on some offers. I want an offer from Alabama, Tennessee, and Auburn, so I'm going to wait and decide later."

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