It’s not often that Duke battles USC for a recruit in football, but Duke also doesn’t usually win 10 games like they did last season.
It’s a new Duke under David Cutcliffe and they are hoping to steal a tight end out of Campolindo High School away from the Trojans. Tyler Petite is the type of talented prospect that usually ends up staying close to home, but wherever he goes, the future is bright for Petite.
Petite is a very good athlete for the tight end position. He has solid speed and surprisingly good lateral agility. He has the ideal frame for the position, but will have to add quite a bit of weight. He looks leaner than his listed weight of 225 and needs to get stronger. He will greatly benefit from a college strength and conditioning program.
Petite is a natural hands catcher. He’s a big target that will go up and high point the football. With his height, that makes him tough for any defensive player to cover.
He can be a threat up the seam as well as in the short and intermediate areas. He’s difficult for linebackers to stay with if he gets a free release at the line of scrimmage and is also productive after the catch. He lines up mostly in-line, but could line up out wide as well.
He is not a dominant blocker, but a willing one who will give effort and fit his block properly. This is an area where added weight and strength are going to be necessary in order for him to see the field.
I think Petite can develop into the type of player that can either be an in-line tight end or even a possible Joker/move tight end. He is scheme versatile.
Petite has the potential to end up being one of the best tight ends to come out of this recruiting class. He will just need the time to get stronger and put on the proper weight to ensure he reaches that potential. If he does that, he should be a starter for multiple years and be a very productive pass catcher.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach). Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.