by Garry Paskwietz
In this edition of the mailbag we look at the position status of Jalen Greene and Chuma Edoga, the tight end production so far in summer workouts and more.
Garry, what do you think is going to happen with Jalen Green? Will he stay at QB, go back to WR, or go back to WR and be sort of an emergency 3rd QB? Or do I have it wrong and he’s still in the hunt for the QB job? I hope they figure out a way to get him some playing time
The only work Jalen has done so far is at receiver. We don’t know if that means he has moved back to receiver full-time or not but I feel for him with the bouncing back and forth between positions. If I was the coach, I would have him at receiver because I think he could have a nice future there but I would also have a package of plays for him that involve him getting the ball in his hands for a pass/run option. I think Jalen has a lot of potential as a quarterback if he devoted himself full-time to the position, it’s just a difficult proposition to compete against the talent level of QB’s at USC.
What would you say the DT’s in the west lack that schools very rarely produce top level talent? Is it size (under 280 lbs.), speed, talent, or a combo? There is so much talent in CA and it’s confusing how one position just lacks talent.
It’s an age-old question in recruiting about the relative lack of west coast DL, I’m not sure I know the answer but I do think there is merit to the thought. It’s really noticeable each year at The Opening when you see the best players in the country next to each other, because the southeast DL guys just look bigger, stronger and more athletic (and there are more of them). Obviously there are guys like Rasheem Green and this year Greg Rogers and Jay Tufele, who can stack up against anybody, but for the most part the perception is accurate.
Did the TEs get any balls?
Yes, Tyler Petite (photo above) had a good day on Thursday with multiple catches. We haven’t seen Daniel Imatorbhebhe in action yet but Petite and Taylor McNamara are looking strong.
How does Matt Fink look compared to Ricky Towns and Sam Darnold when they first entered as freshman?
I would say Darnold was probably the most advanced of the group with his skill set when he arrived on campus. The thing I like about Fink is his size and athleticism. I’m still surprised at how much Ricky struggled in his short time here.
Is Chuma switching to Defensive line?
Yes, for now. The coaches like the potential of the move enough to give it a look but obviously you don’t really know what you have until you see Chuma on that side of the ball. It’s not something he did a lot in high school (he had two assisted tackles in his senior year) but he’s a wide-bodied guy who is a good athlete, and the fact is we can use an extra one of those along the interior of the d-line right now. The hard part is that Chuma has a lot of potential on the o-line and you don’t want to take away from that progress but it’s hard to imagine him getting much playing time this year behind Zach Banner, so it’s worth a summer look to see if the position switch could work.
Garry so far Harris and Jack Jack look great playing together they both seem extremely active and appear good at jumping routs. This should lead to more picks. What is your impression of this combo?
Quality additions at corner. I think both are very instinctive football players who can play big roles this year to provide much-needed depth at the spot. They’re getting a lot of reps with Biggie sitting out and Adoree’ still taking part in track and they responded with a pretty special day (two picks for each and each returned one for a score). It’s not a huge surprise to see them do well, I thought the move of Ajene to defense was a good one because he’s such a natural athlete, and I think Jackie is ready-to-go as a freshman.