Georgia Bulldogs: Tyshon Dye

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- ESPN 150 four-star running back Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) usually deflects all questions about his personal goals about as easily as he sheds defenders on the field. That is, until he is asked about which Peach State tailback is going to win next season’s rushing title.

“Oh, that is hard to say,” said Kamara, ranked the No. 5 running back in the nation. “I mean with Gwinnett, we are in the hardest region out here, regardless of what anybody else says. I think it will be between me and Tyren, no discredit to Tyshon Dye (Elberton, Ga./Elbert Co.) and the other guys. I mean Tyren had it last year. He tore it up. Of course they give him the ball every play … ”
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ESPN's RecruitingNation looks at what's next for the ESPN 150's top uncommitted running backs, including Georgia targets Alvin Kamara and Tyshon Dye. Read more here.

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USC Trojans offer RB Tyshon Dye 

February, 9, 2012
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Running back Tyshon Dye (Elberton, Ga./Elbert County) will be one of the most sought-after recruits from the South. Now word is starting to spread across the country, as Dye picked up an offer from USC this week.

“They did and I was kind of surprised at that one,” Dye said. “They are from the West Coast and there is so much talent over there. I am way over here. I am shocked but I think that’s pretty cool. I would sure like to look into USC.”

Clemson was Dye’s first offer, last summer. Then came Georgia.

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Inside the Dawghouse 1/20 

January, 20, 2012
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DawgNation is here to take you Inside the DawgHouse -- a confidential look inside Georgia football recruiting for DawgNation subscribers only. As it will be every week, everything reported Inside the DawgHouse stays on The Pound forum. We are providing this information for our subscribers and hope that you help keep this information protected by keeping it here.

A few things discussed in this week's update:

  • Grantham denied in-home?
  • Derrick Henry reacts to addition of Todd Gurley

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All eyes on RB/LB Tyshon Dye 

January, 11, 2012
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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.

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OL commit Pyke eyes early playing time 

December, 22, 2011
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Close to 200 prospects took the practice fields in Athens back in June for the Mark Richt Camp, a special one-day event designed to help the Georgia Bulldogs evaluate talent in person, as well as give recruits a chance to earn a coveted offer. Some of the more well-known recruits included fullback Quayvon Hicks (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce Co.), outside linebacker Kenderius Whitehead (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), 2013 running back Tyshon Dye (Elberton, Ga./Elbert Co.), 2013 offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Ga./Walron), and 2013 defensive back Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan). But one prospect came in running so far under the radar even the Georgia coaches were unaware of his arrival.

Offensive lineman Greg Pyke (Baltimore/Boys Latin School) had already picked up more than a dozen offers, with schools including Penn State and Michigan State extending scholarships to the athletic lineman.

“I called them and let them know I was coming down, but when I was at their one-day camp, they did not really know who I was,” Pyke said. “But by the end of the camp, they offered me.”

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UGA targets in Peach State playoffs 

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Friday night marks the beginning of the high school football state playoffs in Georgia, and there are several University of Georgia commitments and targets competing in hopes of bringing home a championship to their respective school. Here is a rundown of which prospects are still playing football in the Peach State.

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Camden County (10-0) has outscored its opponents 549-60, including 117-0 in the last two games. Class of 2013 quarterback Brice Ramsey, a Georgia commitment, is 66 of 102 passing for 1,053 yards and 15 touchdowns, with only two interceptions. He also has rushed for four touchdowns, kicked a 57-yard field goal, and put 48 of his 64 punts into the end zone. Camden County will host North Cobb (5-5). ... Colquitt County (8-2) will host East Coweta (7-3), with the Packers being 7-2 in the playoffs under coach Rush Probst. Tight end Ty Smith, a Georgia commit, leads the team with 32 catches for 474 yards and five touchdowns. ... A pair of preseason championship favorites will square off in the first round on Saturday when Lowndes (7-3) plays against Stephenson (9-1) at Hallford Stadium. Lowndes features do-everything athlete Josh Harvey-Clemons, a Georgia target who can play quarterback, wide receiver and safety, but will most likely be an outside linebacker at the next level. On offense, Harvey-Clemons has 159 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, with 144 yards receiving and one touchdown. On defense, Harvey-Clemons has 105 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions. ... Martin Luther King (10-0) will host Coffee (5-5) at Hallford Stadium Friday night, and the Lions are coming off a thrilling 50-49 win over Stephenson in which wide receiver Blake Tibbs had a performance for the ages. Tibbs, a Georgia commitment, had nine catches for 166 yards and four touchdowns, but it was his 82-yard kickoff return that won the game for M.L. King with only 16 seconds on the clock. Tibbs has caught 53 passes for 782 yards and 14 touchdowns for the year. Linebacker Kenderius Whitehead has 80 tackles, 14 sacks and 14 other tackles for losses, one for a safety, so far this year. ... Newnan (5-5), which features junior Georgia commitment Tray Matthews at safety, squeaks into the playoffs and will travel to Valdosta (8-2) to take on the Wildcats. ... Walton (10-0) is set to host Milton (4-6) tonight, with 2013 offensive lineman Brandon Kublanow, a Georgia target, being a big reason for the Raiders success on offense. Walton has averaged almost 39 points per game, and Kublanow has helped pave the way for 2013 running back Tyren Jones rushing for 1,657 yards and 20 touchdowns.

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As DawgNation evaluates all of the positions on the Georgia Bulldogs football team at the midpoint of the season, we also will look ahead to who might be filling those positions in the 2013 recruiting class.

Running back targets

Just as with the quarterback position, the Bulldogs have already received a commitment from one of the top 2013 running back prospects in the the Southeast. In fact, Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) committed with Brice Ramsey (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County) at the same time during the Dawg Night camp this past summer. If Henry stays true to his commitment, the Bulldogs will be getting a record-setting running back who racked up more than 5,000 rushing yards and 65 touchdowns in his first two years of high school. Henry is a big back, towering at 6-foot-3 and weighting 231 pounds. His size has led to a number of offers as a linebacker, but Henry is adamant that he will play running back at the next level. With numbers like his, plus his 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash, the Bulldogs coaches can't wait to see him in the backfield.

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