Tyshon Dye (Elberton, Ga./Elbert County) has heard the speculation that he will play linebacker in college. He is not overly excited about that prospect.
“I would prefer running back all day, every day,” Dye said. “If it was my only option I would take it.”
Such a scenario is unlikely since Dye already has offers from Georgia and Clemson, two programs known for having great running backs. Last season Dye picked up 1,561 yards and 21 touchdowns on 212 carries. So why all the linebacker talk? Well, quite simply, he is good at it.
As a sophomore he was able to tally 18 unassisted tackles in one game. For his junior season he remained almost exclusively on the offensive side of the ball, but Dye knows defensive coaches are keeping an eye on him as well. The 6-foot, 205-pound athlete is keeping his options open.
“I actually learned that in recruiting you are not guaranteed tomorrow, anything can happen to you,” Dye said. “So even though I have D1 offers, keep D2 schools close.”
Dye recently participated in the Georgia Junior Bowl in Atlanta, starting at running back for the East team. The event was put together by Rising Seniors and included 90 of the top Class of 2013 recruits in the state of Georgia. During the week leading up to the game, Dye tested himself against the best players in the state.
“I knew coming in it was going to be like that,” Dye said. “They kind of warned us about it before we came in. I did fine. I think that my power is already there, but I want to work on my speed and elusiveness.”
That elusiveness was on display in the bowl game, when Dye scored a receiving touchdown out of the slot position. He also returned kicks for the East squad.
Such versatility is in high demand, and that is getting Dye even more looks from top programs. Even the national champions are interested.
“I am thinking Alabama will offer,” Dye said. “They are talking to me a lot.”
As for now, Dye is being recruited hardest by the nearby Tigers.
“Right now I would have to say Clemson,” Dye said. “The running backs coach stays in touch; he talks to me a lot. Me and my coach talked about going to see Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn.”
Meanwhile Georgia seems to be content with where it stands with Dye.
“I love Georgia,” Dye said. “Ever since I was a kid. I watched them all the time.”
Now Dye is the one being watched.