Cary Angeline commits to... USC?

Downington East four-star tight end Cary Angeline surprised many Friday by shutting the recruiting process down with a commitment to USC.

Exton (Pa.) four-star tight end Cary Angeline was considered a long shot to commit to USC among his 34 other scholarship offers, but Friday Angeline stunned everyone by announcing his intentions to become a Trojan via Twitter.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be recruited by a lot of great schools,” said Angeline. “I’ve also been lucky enough to visit a lot of those schools, so I’ve been able to compare each as well.

“At the end of the day, I definitely felt USC was the right fit for me. I felt great with the campus, the coaches and obviously the great education. USC has great football tradition and they run a pro-style offense that uses their tight ends a lot.

“I’m very excited to be a Trojan.”

With USC being one of the few schools still running pro-style concepts offensively, Angeline saw an opportunity to be a mismatch in Steve Sarkisian’s scheme.

“They have one or two tight ends on the field almost every play,” said Angeline. “When I went out there for my visit in April, Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) showed me what they do. I watch tape on them run blocking and receiving, whether it was from the line or split out wide. They can do a lot of different things with me, so I’m excited.”

While the Trojan coaching staff has a much better feeling about Angeline’s recruitment than the general public, they too were taken back by the 6-foot-7, 240-pound tight end’s phone call.

“I think they knew they were one of my top schools, but I don’t think they were expecting it,” said Angeline. “When I called them they were very excited to get this thing going. I called Coach Tui then Coach Sark, so they were happy.”

The depth chart at tight end for USC has been in a constant state of flux this spring. From three scholarship tight ends, to one and now to an uncertain amount, Angeline sees a clear path to making an impact next fall.

“Coach Tui said there would be a great opportunity to play early with the depth, so I’m looking forward to working hard and possibly getting on the field early,” said Angeline.

The trend with many spring and summer verbal commitments these days is to announce, save your spot with a college and then take official visits after your senior season.

That’s not Angeline’s plan.

“I’m done with it. I was lucky bought to receive my first offer maybe midway through my sophomore year, so it’s been a long process for me,” said Angeline. “I’m glad I picked the Trojans — fight on.”

Although many assumed Angeline would play college football in an Eastern Time Zone, his exposure to AAU basketball helped change his attitude about leaving home for college.

“I had to consider the distance because it is far away, but I know my parents are comfortable with me making this decision,” said Angeline. “I actually have an aunt who lives in L.A. so she’ll be there. And my parents are very supportive of me and they’ll be out to see me as well.”

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