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Cary Angeline still committed to USC amidst coaching change

USC tight end commit Cary Angeline looks forward to his visit with the new Trojans' coaching staff this weekend.

One of USC’s most important recruits of the 2016 class found out this week that his position coach was moving across town.

Exton (Pa.) four-star tight end Cary Angeline was recruited to USC by Marques Tuiasosopo. Angeline committed to the Trojans last summer, but after rumors swirled for weeks about Tuiasosopo leaving USC, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound tight end called head coach Clay Helton for the latest.

“We spoke to Coach Helton and he talked to us about the move,” said Chris Angeline, Cary’s father. “We didn’t want to comment on the move until it was official — out of respect to Tui.

“Cary has a strong relationship with Tui, but he committed to USC. Cary is excited to learn from Coach Clay, his staff, and the veteran tight ends at USC.” 

UCLA finally announced the hiring of Marques Tuiasosopo as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Wednesday. As of now, Angeline has no plans to officially visit any school but USC.

That visit will happen this weekend with his parents. Angeline has spoken to Helton about the future of USC’s coaching staff, but has yet to meet any of the new hires.

“I saw that they’ve hired a couple of coaches from Western Kentucky,” said Chris. “Just doing some quick research, Western Kentucky certainly didn’t have any trouble playing tight ends in their offense. That’s obviously a good thing for Cary.

“I’ve told Cary to choose a school based on the school. Cary had a chance to speak to Tyler Kroft a while back about recruiting, Tyler is an alum from Downingtown East that now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Tyler had five different tight end coaches and four different offensive coordinators at Rutgers. The one bit of advice Tyler gave Cary was not to pick a school solely based on a coach. College coaches come and go.”

USC currently has three scholarship tight ends on the roster, including redshirt freshman Daniel Imatorbhebhe who transferred in from Florida and redshirt senior Taylor McNamara who transferred in from Oklahoma.

Angeline had 47 receptions for 826 yards (17.6 yards per catch), and 13 receiving touchdowns his senior season. He finished his high school career with more than 2,300 yards receiving in three years at Downingtown East.


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