What a big get for Sark and the Trojans. The lack of a tight end in this class was glaring and there was no doubt that Petite had been the target early on, which is why it was such a stunner when he originally committed to Duke. Petite seemed like such an ideal fit and the Trojans aren’t used to losing recruits to the Blue Devils. The SC coaches spent the fall searching far and wide to find another player to fit in that slot, guys like Chris Clark and T.J. Wheatley, but the fact that Petite allowed a recent in-home visit with the Trojan staff showed that there was still some mutual interest going on, and it resulted in the commitment flip that we saw today. USC only has Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (who missed 2014 due to academics) and Bryce Dixon coming back next year, along with walk-on Chris Willson, so that’s why the need for a TE this year was such a priority.
So what are the Trojans getting in Petite? One of the more athletic tight ends in the country and one who happens to be 6-6, 225. Here are some tidbits from his ESPN scouting report:
* Possesses outstanding measurables for the position.
* His greatest strength at this point is as a receiver. He is capable of causing mismatches on linebackers and creating big plays. Flashes a quick release, and once he gets moving, he has the speed to get downfield and stress the seam.
* Has a chance to develop into a complete tight end as both an in-line blocker and formidable pass catcher.
* Will work the middle of the field and can create mismatches on the jump ball in the redzone.
#4 ranked TE in the nation, #133 player overall
Here is Petite tweet update announcing his flip: https://twitter.com/TylerPetite/status/543522358321881088
Petite had 30 catches this year for 867 yards and 9 touchdowns. Campolindo finished the season at 14-0 with a CIF North Coast section title and will play Sutter tomorrow in the CIF state bowl regional.