MORAGA -- When Campolindo High's Tyler Petite visited Duke, he was reminded of his high school program.

That connection was one of the biggest reasons that Petite, one of the top-rated tight ends on the West Coast, committed to the Blue Devils on Wednesday morning over USC.

"At Campolindo, we're not a big powerhouse sort of football school but we figure out ways to win games," Petite said. "We have an emphasis on family and that's basically what I felt at Duke."

Petite, who is 6-foot-5 and 226 pounds, also had strong interest in Stanford, Northwestern, Washington and Vanderbilt.

He had recently narrowed his focus to Duke and USC, and the four-star recruit felt most at home out on the East Coast after visiting both programs.

"All the guys (at Duke) are really close to my personality and what I believe in and my values," Petite said. "That's a huge part for me."

In his senior year at Campolindo, Petite will try to help the Cougars win a fourth straight Diablo Foothill Athletic League title.