It's been a few years since Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo tight end Tyler Petite has been to Disneyland, but his latest trip down to Southern California had more than just the Magic Kingdom on the docket.
Petite spent Friday afternoon on the USC campus, and while the Trojans have yet to offer the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder, it's one of the top schools on his list, along with the two schools who offered him this week – California and Colorado.
"I've been talking with coach (Marques) Tuiasosopo and he came by school, and we talked," Petite said. "We have a four-day weekend for President's Weekend, so I had some free time, and he said to come on down, and ‘We'll show you around,' and then, I'm actually going to Disneyland, which, I'm pretty excited for, I've got to be honest."
It's been a busy week for Petite, with the two new Pac-12 offers, but Campolindo's most dynamic offensive weapon has still made time to figure out just what he wants in a school.
"Frankly, I love California, and I love living here. It'd be cool to go to school here. At the same time, I'm keeping everything open," Petite said. "Pretty much, the Pac-12, I'm open to, and really, actually, anywhere, but the Pac-12, I grew up in the Pac-12 and I watch Pac-12 football all the time. If there's a Pac-12 game on, I'm probably watching it."
The Trojans – and new head coach Steve Sarkisian -- are certainly an intriguing destination, particularly because of how Sarkisian developed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins up at Washington, but Colorado holds some appeal, particularly because of the coaching.
"Colorado, I used to live in Colorado. I've lived in California my whole life, but my eighth-grade year, we moved to Colorado, and then my dad's business needed him back in their San Francisco headquarters, so we ended up moving back my freshman year," Petite said. "Colorado, one of my best buddies lives there, and he's thinking about going to Boulder, and that's a big pull for me. Then, obviously, what coach (Mike) MacIntyre's done. He started out at San Jose State, and they don't have the biggest prospects ever, but he brought them to top-25 status. I think that that's a really big pull, because I want good coaches. I want to be learning every day. Obviously, that can happen at a lot of places, but I just want really solid coaches."
Petite also has offers from Arizona State and Northwestern, and last season caught 31 passes for 685 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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