With recruiting season at USC in full swing, Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian woke up with the chance to get as many as two commitments today, the first in the form of Tyler Petite. The four-star tight end out of Moraga, Calif. had other ideas, pledging to Duke.
Petite made his verbal commitment known to the public this morning on Twitter.
Excited to finally announce my commitment to Duke University! Thanks to all who helped along the way! #dukegang2015
— Tyler Petite (@TylerPetite) July 2, 2014
At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Petite has a big frame with the ability to grow and fill out at the college level. He possess 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash per 247Sports, and should only continue to develop.
For the Trojans, it’s a significant miss, due to need.
Despite signing four-star tight end Bryce Dixon this February, the Trojans’s depth at tight end isn’t what it was a couple of years ago, which led to the interest in Petite.
USC currently has three scholarship tight ends, but by next fall, Randall Telfer will have graduated and Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick will be a senior. That created the strong possibility of Petite playing early, had he chose USC.
Petite was in Los Angeles at the end of June, taking part in USC’s annual Rising Stars Camp.
As a Northern California product, Petite is in Clay Helton’s recruiting region, and surely had been given the pitch about 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.
As it stands now, USC’s 2015 recruiting class stays at eight commitments, without a tight end. However, both De’Quan Hampton and Noah Jefferson have been mentioned to have the ability to line up there at the college level if needed.