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BYU football: Dylan Collie to continue his family's legacy at BYU

Published: Tuesday, May 24 2011 12:29 a.m. MDT

In the Collie home there is a photo of Scott Collie with his sons, Zac and Austin, posing with LaVell Edwards Stadium in the background hanging prominently on the wall. All three enjoyed great success while at BYU.

The photo is titled "Collie Family Legacy."

“I remember just looking at the picture and thinking, it’s not complete,” said Dylan Collie, who committed to the Cougar coaching staff on May 23. “There they are, my dad, my two brothers, how could I not at least try to be part of what they did at BYU and continue the family legacy there?”

That’s exactly what he aims to do.

Dylan is a 5-foot-10, 176-pound wide receiver from Oak Ridge High, just outside of Sacramento, Calif. As a junior last season he caught 43 passes for 548 yards and eight touchdowns, while playing both receiver and safety.

He was recruited as a wide receiver by BYU, and will carry the last name that is largely associated with the best receiver to ever to pass through its storied program. While some players would choose to shy away from such an association, Dylan hopes to thrive with it.

“I’m going to come to BYU with the attitude that I can match and maybe even improve on the great play that both Zac and Austin gave to the football team,” he said confidently. “It’s not something I shy away from. I’m proud of being a Collie, and I love the pressure that comes with that name. I’m going to do everything within my power to live up to that name, and to continue our family’s legacy at BYU.”

Dylan will graduate in 2012, and then play a year before leaving on an LDS mission. When he enters the program, it will hardly be the first time he’s been around the coaches, facilities and the school.

“I’ve been around BYU since I was 6 years old,” he said. “I know all of the coaches extremely well, and I’ve always loved it there. I know that my father, and both of my brothers loved their time at BYU, so why not follow doing what they’ve all done at BYU, and enjoy the same great experiences that they all did?”

The question of "why not?" was exactly what his main recruiter, offensive coordinator Brandon Doman, asked him, which prompted his commitment decision.

Dylan had been receiving a lot of attention from a lot of top Pac-12 programs, and was on the cusp of receiving some other offers. He decided to short-circuit his recruitment, however, as it became more and more apparent to him that there was no good reason not to go to BYU.

“I really didn’t have a good answer for Coach Doman when he asked me ‘why not?’ " he said. “It all made too much sense. I love the legacy of BYU’s program and where they’re headed. I want to be a part of it.”

His ties to the program don’t just end with his father and his two brothers. Growing up, he became best friends with another BYU receiver who will be coming home from his mission shortly.

“I’ve been best friends with Brett Thompson for a long time, and I love that we’re going to be able to play at BYU together,” he said. “I know a lot of the players there already. I know Ross Apo, Jake Heaps, Jordan Pendleton, Richard Wilson and other guys there, and they’re all great players. I want to go in there my first year, and just compete as hard as possible for a spot on the team. I want to contribute immediately.”

Dylan will be coached by new wide receivers coach Ben Cahoon, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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