Despite signing four-star tight end Bryce Dixon this February, Steve Sarkisian’s USC Trojans continue to have a need at the position and could find their man in Tyler Petite. According to Greg Biggins of Scout and FOX Sports Next, the four-star Moraga, Calif. native is down to USC and Duke, and is close to making a decision.
Petite will be in Los Angeles next week, and told Biggins about his timetable for a commitment.
“I’m going to visit USC next Wednesday,” Petite said. “They have their Rising Stars Camp so I’m going to come down for it and meet the coaching staff. I’m not going to work out, I just want to meet the coaches and the guys on the team. I’m still trying to figure out how much time I’ll be there. I’ll for sure be there all Wednesday but I might try and get over there Tuesday night too. My plan is to take this last visit and then I should be ready to commit pretty shortly after.”
Petite is in Clay Helton’s Northern California recruiting region, and surely will hear of the success that the Sarkisian offense has had with tight ends. Washington’s Austin Sefarian-Jenkins won the Mackey Award in 2013, and for all intents and purposes, was robbed of the award back in 2012.
USC currently has three scholarship tight ends, but by next fall, Randall Telfer will have graduated and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick will be a senior, creating a need for Petite and possibility of playing early.