Former BYU receiver Dylan Collie might return to Provo — or not

Graduate transfer from Hawaii has narrowed his choices to BYU and Vanderbilt.

San Diego State cornerback Ron Smith, left, breaks up a pass intended for Hawaii wide receiver Dylan Collie (23) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Provo • Standout receiver Dylan Collie might return to BYU for his final season of college football eligibility.

Or the former Cougar who led Hawaii with 56 catches last season might transfer to Vanderbilt of the Southeastern Conference.

“I have my release from Hawaii and everything I need in that regard,” the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Collie said Tuesday. “Where I am transferring to, that is still undecided.”

Collie said his choice after fielding offers from several schools will be either BYU or Vanderbilt. The only stipulation Hawaii and coach Nick Rolovich imposed is that Collie cannot transfer to another Mountain West school.

Collie met with new BYU offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes and new receivers coach Fesi Sitake earlier this week, and he also had an in-home visit from Vandy offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, a former Utah assistant.

“As of today, my top two schools are Vanderbilt and BYU,” Collie said. “I had a great in-home visit with coaches from both schools. Between the football and the education, both are great opportunities, and both give me a chance to play at the next level.”

Collie signed with BYU out of El Dorado Hills, Calif., following in the footsteps of his brothers, Zac and Austin, and father, Scott. Austin Collie was one of the top receivers in BYU history before a career in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts was shortened by concussions.

Dylan Collie redshirted at BYU in 2012, then served a two-year church mission in Richmond, Va. Getting the vibe from then-offensive coordinator Robert Anae and receivers coach Guy Holliday that they considered him too short to get much playing time, he transferred to UH after his mission.

He had 118 receptions for 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns in three years at Hawaii. He was second on the team with 636 yards receiving and four touchdowns last season.

He would have led the offensively challenged Cougars in all three receiving categories in 2017. Collie caught six passes for 103 yards, with a long of 44 yards, in the 30-20 loss to BYU last November.

Collie will graduate from Hawaii in May with a degree in communications, marketing and public relations and will enroll in a graduate program at either BYU or Vanderbilt this fall. BYU’s Marriott School of Business intrigues him, but he also is impressed with Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

BYU’s graduate program in mass communication or Vandy’s human development and psychology programs also are possibilities.

Although National Signing Day for high schoolers is Wednesday, there is no deadline for Collie to decide. He and his wife, Savannah, who were married on New Year’s Eve in 2015, want to decide “where we will prepare for our next adventure within the next couple of months” and start finding a place to live. She is from Folsom, Calif., near Collie’s hometown.

“We are eager to know where we are going next, but we want to take our time and do it right,” he said.

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