Five-star defensive end prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux chose Oregon over Alabama.

Justin Herbert chose his senior year with the Ducks over first-round riches in the NFL.

After consulting with his family, friends and the coaching staff, Troy Dye was determined to make his own decision.

The decorated junior linebacker, who has led the team in tackles the last three seasons, announced Thursday that he will play his senior season at Oregon instead of entering the NFL draft.

“I was by myself and it just popped in my head that I wanted to come back and stay,” Dye said during an impromptu news conference Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena. “It just felt right.”

Oregon will be returning the anchor of its defense.

Dye has racked up 313 tackles, including 34.5 for loss and 12.5 sacks, during his collegiate career. He has led the team in tackles 19 times in 36 games and started 33 consecutive games.

— The (Eugene) Register-Guard