Chat with Garry Paskwietz
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, WeAreSC blogger Garry Paskwietz stops by to chat some USC football.
Paskwietz is the Publisher of WeAreSC and has been covering the Trojans since 1997. Paskwietz is also a co-host of the USC Football radio pre-game show
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Garry Paskwietz (5:00 PM)
Welcome to this week's chat. Let's get started.
Pietro (San Fransicsco)
Gary, what are your thoughts on giving scholarship offers to 8th graders and high school freshman? Mine: It can't be good for these young kids because it puts too much pressure on them or swells their little heads. If I were an AD, I'd forbid it.
Garry Paskwietz (5:01 PM)
As a rule, I don't think it's a positive thing and history shows that it rarely works out for the player. There are just so many variables that can change between that time and the point when a player can actually sign for the scholarship.
Xavier (Los Angeles)
With this being a make or break season for LK, how has his approach to this year differed from the last several years?
Garry Paskwietz (5:03 PM)
One big change was the willingness to make so many changes to his coaching staff, especially the switch in defensive scheme. I think the remaining key item will be his approach to an offensive scheme and play calling. He has talked often about wanting to return to a more physical style of play so it will be something to watch as the season goes along.
Christy (Los Angeles)
Is David Sills good or is he just a media creation due to the fact that SC offered him a scholarship as a little boy?
Garry Paskwietz (5:06 PM)
There's no doubt he is good, it's just a matter of wondering how good he is in comparison to some other pretty good quarterbacks in this class. It was pretty noticeable to see David's name missing from the ESPN 300 for the class of 2015 yesterday while a trio of local quarterbacks sat atop the rankings. Part of the problem for David is also that his team only played four games last year and he wasn't a regular on the camp circuit this spring, the best way we will find out where he is in relation to others in his class will be on the field this fall.
Matthew (San Francisco, CA)
Do you get a sense that the players have moved on from last year and trust this coaching staff and scheme to get them back to competing for a Rose Bowl or NCG?
Garry Paskwietz (5:09 PM)
You hear more talk about redeeming themselves from last year and moving on rather than any specific talk about Rose Bowls or national titles. I get the sense the team knows they need to get things turned around first before they can start looking at those loftier goals.
Garry- assuming Adotree jackson wont play CB in college, what are our chances with Pickett and Plattenburg at this point ? and are there any other CB recruits we have a really have a legit chance at landing ?
Garry Paskwietz (5:12 PM)
I think the chances are solid with Pickett and I could easily see him ending up a Trojan. Plattenburg just moved back to Texas for his senior year, not sure how that would impact any recruitment by USC. In today's recruiting world, guys like Wadood, Hale and Lockett may be verbals elsewhere right now but I don't think you can completely rule out the Trojans from flipping someone from that group at some point.
Kasey (Fresno CA)
Of the players who got hurt during the spring, which ones are back and healthy and which are not working out?
Garry Paskwietz (5:14 PM)
Most of them are back in limited action. Madden got some work in the other day, we've seen Wheeler, Temple, Su'a, a little bit from Telfer and Grimble, as well as Bowman. It's also been great to see Bailey out there pretty much on a full time basis.
Is McQuay III continuing to get work at cornerback this summer and into fall camp, or is he strictly a safety at this point?
Garry Paskwietz (5:16 PM)
He is strictly at safety. The corner experiment only lasted a few days before they moved him back to safety full-time. There's a pretty deep group ahead of Leon at this point so my guess right now is that he redshirts this year.
Bob (Westlake Village)
Garry, do you think we will offer Dawkins at QB and will he come to USC in your opinion ?
Garry Paskwietz (5:19 PM)
I think there is definitely a chance Brandon Dawkins ends up with an SC offer and, if that happens, I think there's a good chance he would end up taking it. It really makes sense for the Trojans to take a quarterback in this class but they missed on their first option in Keller Chryst. Now Dawkins stands in that next tier of quarterbacks for a potential offer and he makes as much sense as any of them. For Brandon, he has some solid offers but if one from USC were to come his way it would definitely be one he would strongly consider.
Jason (LF, CA)
If SC loses out on Adoree Jackson does that hurt the recruitment of Green and Houston for 2015?
Garry Paskwietz (5:21 PM)
I don't think it would hurt much. Yes, these players pay attention to where their teammates go and how they are recruited but, in the end, they are going to make the best decision for themselves.
Andy2099 (temple city)
Has there been any update on the status of Junior Pomnee? Looks like we are only three deep at tight end. Which tight end recruit are we looking best for?
Garry Paskwietz (5:23 PM)
The last I heard is that Junior was doing well in trying to get back in the program but there hasn't been any kind of update from Kiffin on where it stands. I assume he will be asked about it at media day on the 26th. I still say to watch out for Bryce Dixon because I think he fits the athletic tight end mold of the current Trojan tight ends.
Kevin (Reno, NV)
Who are the Trojans main competitors for Michiah Quick's signature?
Garry Paskwietz (5:26 PM)
Notre Dame and Oklahoma would probably round out his unofficial top 3.
With Fall camp opening in about two weeks, what are some (non-QB competition) storylines should we be looking at?
Garry Paskwietz (5:28 PM)
I would say the defensive scheme is a storyline to watch, to see how the Trojans progress on that side of the ball. The corner spot will be a particular spot to watch. On offense, besides the QB's, I would say the rotation at tailback should be interesting to follow, lots of talent and only one ball.
In looking at the 2014 & beyond recruiting rankings and notice how many recruits from SEC country are ranked very high. I know that there was a time when an unknown recruit would get an offer from SC and was instantly a four star. Do you believe that the same thing is happening in SEC country, or are they just feeding them better.
Garry Paskwietz (5:31 PM)
I think there is something like that going on and it's the way of the recruiting world. When the top dog deems a player worthy of ride, everyone else pays attention. Like you said, it happened with the Trojans at their peak under Carroll and it's happening to schools like Alabama now.
GP why are so many people want LK gone, I don't get it. Do we not take into consideration the ncaa penalties that are off the wall to begin with.
Garry Paskwietz (5:34 PM)
Pat Haden certainly took the penalties into consideration when deciding to bring Kiffin back this year, he was clear about saying that. I think the majority of things you hear from fans have to do with actions from Kiffin that don't really have anything to do with the sanctions.
MJ (Davis, CA)
Hi Gary, of all the new recruits who do you think will have the most impact this season? Why?
Garry Paskwietz (5:36 PM)
I'll go with three. Justin Davis and Darreus Rogers on offense and Su'a Cravens on defense. With Davis, he showed in spring that he is ready to contribute with a smooth running style, it's just hard to know how much of an opportunity he will get in a crowded backfield. Rogers will likely get a lot of opportunities with only five scholarship receivers and he is a physically impressive guy. Su'a is simply a unique talent and he should see action early at safety and on special teams.
Will the 2013 Trojan offense and defense be ranked above 6th this year in the Pac-12? They weren't last year and between the huge ? at QB and the poor secondary it seems like we may see a repeat of last year.
Garry Paskwietz (5:39 PM)
I think they will on defense. There is a lot of experience in the group and Pendergast has a history of putting out defenses that are among the best in the conference. Kiffin said the fact that Clancy had the top defense in the conference in his first two years at Cal was huge to him. As for the offense, there are still so many questions about what kind of offense it will be, who will call plays, quarterback, etc. so it's hard to predict.
Lance (Yuma, AZ)
Gary, which do you prefer, the SEC Media Days 3 ring circus or the Pac 12 Media Morning? It seems underwhelming and anticlimatic to gather 12 coaches for a mere 15 mins each.
Garry Paskwietz (5:41 PM)
I've never really found the Pac-12 media day lacking but, then again, I'm only there to cover one team so it's not hard for me to get interviews with the SC coach and player and be done with it. Those who have to cover multiple teams probably prefer something more extensive like the SEC.
Out of Rosen, Town, and Dillman; who looks the best to you so far?
Garry Paskwietz (5:44 PM)
First let me say that I like all three, it's a really impressive group, but I'm going to put Rosen at the top of the list right now. I liked him from the first time I saw him last year when he just had some real good zip on his balls in a wide open offense. Nothing I've seen from him this spring or summer makes me think any less either, this guy has really got it. But the others are really good too.
Christopher (Los Angeles)
The Safety spot seems a bit crowded. Why in heaven's name do we have so many safeties yet not one credible CB (and yes, Shaw is not a real CB)?
Garry Paskwietz (5:48 PM)
I can't explain the issue at corner because SC should have solid options at the spot. I think Seymour has a chance to be that kind of credible guy if he can just stay healthy. As far as safety, be thankful, that starting duo of Bailey and Shaw should be something and Cravens will earn more time as the year goes along. It would be ideal to be as equally stacked at corner but that's not the case just yet.
jerry (san diego)
hey gary, if u were to pin-point one player for SC that has to wear an "S" on his chest for the team to be successful who will it have to be
Garry Paskwietz (5:50 PM)
I think the obvious choice is Marqise and, if that is so, then the Trojans should be in good shape because he is as good of a candidate to carry a team as any in the country. My second choice would be Hayes Pullard as the leader of the defense.
Luke! (Santa Barbara, CA)
Gary will any of the fall camp practices be open to the public as spring practice was?
Garry Paskwietz (5:53 PM)
The school hasn't released any kind of schedule or details for camp. We will post any news on the site as soon as we get it.
Did SC ever recruit Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Luck and/or RGIII?
Garry Paskwietz (5:54 PM)
No, No, No, No
Ed (Los Angeles)
Gary, which coach do you think has been the best addition to LK's staff so far?
Garry Paskwietz (5:56 PM)
I'm going to say Pendergast because I think this scheme is going to really work well for the SC defense. There are some kinks to get worked out but it should be a pretty noticeable difference from what Trojan fans saw last year.
I read yesterday that SC is in Nathan Starks top 3 and sounded positive for the Trojans. Is SC actively recruiting him after his troubles? How does he compare to mixon and freeman?
Garry Paskwietz (5:59 PM)
Talent-wise, there is no doubt that Starks belongs in the company of Mixon and Freeman and that is saying something because all three are bigger backs with a lot of talent. SC is doing their homework on Starks to monitor the situation because he is that much of a player, so far no real details have come out about why he left Bishop Gorman, so it's all speculation.
Garry Paskwietz (6:00 PM)
That's all the time we have for now. Thanks to everyone for coming, see you next week.