Moving from Exton, Penn. to Southern California, Cary Angeline went through a transition period.
"First it was a little rough being so far away from home," the redshirt sophomore said.
But Angeline quickly settled in with the help of a diverse tight end group at USC that had experiences in various regions of the United States. Tyler Petite and Taylor McNamara were both from California, but McNamara began his college career at Oklahoma while Daniel Imatorbhebhe is also from the East Coast being from Georgia.
"Daniel is probably my best friend here. He works with me a lot -- route running, blocking. He's just helped me so much," Angeline said. "He's made it a lot easier coming out here. The guys here helped me so much with Daniel and Tyler just making me feel at home. Helping me out with football on the field and the classroom, off the field just hanging out with them making me comfortable."
While his teammates helped him transition socially, the strength and conditioning staff worked with Angeline to transition his body. The 6-foot-7 receiving target has gone from 218 pounds up to 245. He feels he is much stronger while also has being able to maintain his speed.
Next on his transition tutor tour is tight ends coach John Baxter. Angeline has shown on the scout team and during this spring that he is a fully capable receiving tight end, able to go up and catch the ball or snag the ball away from his body. Angeline's next task is to improve his blocking. That's what he's been focused on this spring.
"Definitely working on the run game a lot," Angeline said. "It's the little things in the run game. Coach Baxter says that's what makes the trenches so special because it's all technique and such little things, so it's kind of just getting out here working every day, just kind of focusing on one thing to get better at."
Watch Cary Angeline, above, talk about how his game is developing, what he is learning from the veteran tight ends and the adjustment of moving from Pennsylvania to USC.
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