Corona (Calif.) Santiago cornerback Anthony Dye, the first player to commit to UCLA in the class of 2008, was one of the visitors to Westwood this past weekend, and despite saying he’s committed to the Bruins, Dye said the uncertainty over the head coach is still a concern.
“I’d call the commitment real soft at this point,” said Dye. “There is still too much uncertainty with the coach. The last couple of weeks have been hectic.”
Dye was hosted on his visit by Alterraun Verner, and while he enjoyed hanging out with Verner, another visit to UCLA didn’t really give him much of a new perspective.
“I’ve been there so many times, I already really know the campus. And it’s not like I haven’t talked to the recruits. We had them all over to our house during the summer, so it was just another chance for us all to hang out,” said Dye.
Dye said the visit didn’t do anything to turn him off to UCLA, but it didn’t seal his commitment either. “Nothing really changed with me,” said Dye. “It all depends on the head coaching situation. If Coach (DeWayne) Walker gets it then I have to think about staying. Really, a lot is up in the air.”
Dye had previously visited Oregon and he’s scheduled to visit Oregon State next month. “Even if a coach is named, I’m going to take my visit to Oregon State on the 18th,” said Dye. “My good friend Ryan McCants (a Santiago teammate and freshman RB for the Beavers) is there, so I want to see him, too. Really, it’s between UCLA and Oregon State.”
Dye said the UCLA visit didn’t give him much clarity on who the next coach will be. “They didn’t say much,” said Dye. “To everyone in general, Coach Walker just told us he wants us to hang on and wait it out.”
Dye, ranked the #7 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, was selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game next month in Orlando, an event he’s looking forward to. “That will be a lot of fun, playing with a bunch of great players,” said Dye, who will room with Uona Kaveinga, another Bruin verbal.
Dye and his Santiago teammates advanced to the CIF-SS Inland Division title game, where they lost to crosstown rival Centennial. Moved to running back late in he season, Dye ran for 759 yards on only 98 carries (7.7 ypc) and scored 11 touchdowns. He also finished with 154 tackles on the season.