Chat with Garry Paskwietz
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, WeAreSC reporter 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
Send your questions now and join Paskwietz every Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET!
Garry Paskwietz (5:00 PM)
Welcome everyone, let's get started.
Jason (Newport Beach)
With Cam Smith verbally committing to USC, Do you think that intrigues John Houston to play alongside? could It could be the next Cushing and Rivers combo?
Garry Paskwietz (5:01 PM)
Good players want to play with other good players so it's always a positive in that regard. And i agree that it would seem like a good inside-out duo to possibly pair alongside each other.
Louis (Las Vegas) [via mobile]
2015 in California is in good shape with Defensive Linemen and Athlete types. How does 2016 look?
Garry Paskwietz (5:02 PM)
Wide receivers! There are a ton of them and SC has already offered several in the area. It also looks like a strong year for linebackers early on.
Louis (Las Vegas) [via mobile]
Do you think that the lack of big time running backs in California is due to high schools going to the spread offense? How do you think that will affect the Trojans future recruiting?
Garry Paskwietz (5:04 PM)
Yes, i do think that is a big impact and i think it carries over into the transition from college to the NFL as well. I heard an interview with Bill Parcells prior to the draft saying "we can only take what the colleges send us" when it applies to running backs. Same goes for high school recruiting. Sark is saying his offense is still a run-first power based offense and there is some creditability to that statement with an 1,800 yard rusher last year at UW in his first year running that system. He should be able get the kind of tailbacks he wants to fit him at USC so it will be interesting to see what happens;
Dillon (La Cañada Flintridge) [via mobile]
Dare I say it..... Is it just me or did Buck Allen look strangely similar to a certain headman trophy winning running back during some if his runs last year? Number 5, that is.
Garry Paskwietz (5:06 PM)
I've heard that comparison, I've also heard him compared to Marcus Allen. I don't know where the truth lies but when you're tossing out those two names when it comes to an SC tailback that is not bad company. Let's also remember that Buck has yet to play a full season for the Trojans so there is still a lot to see from him.
Been hearing that the coaches are expecting big things from George Farmer this. i have heard the phrase match up problem. what do think farmer can do this season? I am rooting for the kid alot was expected but injuries have slowed him down and woods and lee have overshadowed him early on. (no shame on the woods and lee part elite wrs there) thanks garry love your chats
Garry Paskwietz (5:08 PM)
thank you. If George can stay healthy this year, I expect him to play a role as the #3-4 receiver with plenty of opportunities to contribute. It would be as more of an intermediate receiver than many people would think, those who expect him to be the next Marqise are not going to see that. He's a little bigger, will probably be 210-215 by the time the season rolls around. Still good straight ahead speed and athleticism, one that will indeed pose "match-up problems" for the defense.
MJ (Davis, CA)
I live in Northern California, not too far from where the PAC 12 championship games will be played. For me it is a short drive and if USC is in it, then I have no reason to not attend unless it's health or family related. However, the experience of traveling to Los Angeles for R&R and watching my favorite team (USC) in a historic landmark (Coliseum) will be the missing ingredient! What are your thoughts about the location ( in general) and how it will compare to a game hosted at the Coliseum -- both in terms of entertainment and economic value?
Garry Paskwietz (5:10 PM)
I would rather see it at the home stadium. I thought the results were good for 2 of the 3 years in terms of attendance, and ironically the only poor one was in the Bay Area. I think the Friday night factor had more to do with it than anything, if the game is held on Saturday at the home school I think it would continue to grow. The only caveat I would say is that I think Vegas would make a good neutral site venue, I'm really impressed with what has transpired over the last two years with the basketball tourney.
Randall J. (Texas)
Hello Gary, what happen with Whitney Lewis from the Reggie Bush class? What position did he play and what happen while at USC? Fight On!!!
Garry Paskwietz (5:12 PM)
Things just didn't work out for Whitney at USC. I don't think his heart was ever really in it, he wanted to be at FSU with his cousin Lorenzo Booker but his family wanted him at USC. His pace was one of the few that didn't match with what Pete Carroll was bringing to the Trojans and Whitney ended up leaving and eventually ended up at Northern Iowa, where he contributed a little but never at the level that his high school rankings projected for him. He played mostly wide receiver but also got a look at running back for the Trojans.
Travis TX [via mobile]
Do you feel that Cody can run this up - tempo offense like it is meant to be ran, even though he is not as big of a running threat as some of these dual threat guys?
Garry Paskwietz (5:14 PM)
Yes, I do think he can run the offense because he's a good enough athlete to move around in the pocket to buy enough time to make a quick decision and a throw. That is what this offense wants from a quarterback, if he is going to make the choice not to give the ball to the running back, he needs to get rid of the ball in a hurry to the receiver. Cody is smart and accurate, I think he'll do fine.
Tarik LaCour (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Do u think Ty Isaac could end up at Ohio St?
Garry Paskwietz (5:16 PM)
I suppose it's possible, he always reminded me of Eddie George. My guess is Northwestern, or maybe even Wisconsin. I know Michigan was right there at the end so there could be in the mix too.
RC (Los Angeles)
Who are USC's in-state prime targets for their 2015 class? And are they leaning on committing to USC at this point? Thank you.
Garry Paskwietz (5:19 PM)
Some of the top in-state targets include Rasheem Green, Iman "Biggie" Marshall, Keisean Lucier-South and John Houston. Right now I would say the Trojans have a legit shot with all four of those players, and if I had to predict I would say all four end up at SC.
Mitch (Laguna Beach)
Hi Gary, I just read your "Summer big for five recovering players" article, thank you. I continue to be puzzled why so little information has come out on D.J. Morgan's recovery status. I assume if information were available, you would have been reporting it. With so little information available, I also assume you have inquired more about it. Why have the staff and D.J. been so quiet? Why have they not been sharing progress reports, other than "all injured players are expected to be 100% by fall camp." Thanks.
Garry Paskwietz (5:22 PM)
There are always privacy issues that come into play with injuries and academics. And with D.J. it's just the fact that he hasn't been around much the past year since his most recent injury. I had seen him at the Elite 11 regional event last January and he was excited about being close to coming back, he said his goal was to be the starter by the season opener. i don't see that reasonably happening at this point and it's unclear if he will even be back, we should know more once these workouts get started.
Rob (Santa Clara)
Hi Gary, What did you think of the decision to leave USC baseball out of post-season play? Does the Pac-12 deserve special consideration over other conferences such as ACC because together we have won about 28 titles versus their 1?
Garry Paskwietz (5:24 PM)
I thought the team deserved to get in and, yes, I do think the Pac-12 deserves a benefit of the doubt in this sport. Besides that, I just thought the Trojans were playing some good baseball, in particular some solid pitching. You get the sense things are definitely heading in a good direction with the program.
Macc (Windsor ONT)
Greetings from Canada Garry,Out of state running backs we can expect to be in the race for / receive an early commitment??? There's no way kids from out of state wouldn't wanna take advantage of being in our stable with one of our younger backs transferring out. Who do you think it could be
Garry Paskwietz (5:28 PM)
Honestly, it's too soon to really know on out-of-state guys. I think we will know a lot more after the rising stars camp and into the season when they start to visit. It's easy to see why a Damien Harris would fit this system he would fit any system, but i also like in-state target Malik Lovette a lot. But i think you are correct, the opportunity at tailback right now is something the coaches are going to be patient with because players will look at the depth chart and know there is a chance to make an impact.
j [via mobile]
If david sills decommits, is their a chance we go after travis waller? Waller would fit our new offense so perfectly.
Garry Paskwietz (5:29 PM)
If that were to happen, I could see Waller and/or Brady White get an increased push. I think you could make a case for either guy being a good fit.
arturo, Chicago [via mobile]
Does USChave a shot at signing Byron Cowart or Cece Jefferson?
Garry Paskwietz (5:30 PM)
You would have to call it an outside shot for now, until they visit and show some legitimate interest. Anytime there is a connection to a school though, like when you have a player on the team from the same high school, that is always something that could pay off.
Garry,It's was concerning to hear that Morgan Breslin was cut by the 49ers due to injury. Was he not at 100% on pro day? If he knew he had not fully recovered why do you think he chose not to pursue a medical red shirt? Whoever was advising him sure blew it.
Garry Paskwietz (5:33 PM)
I don't think Morgan was 100% at pro day and he may not be fully healthy now. Not sure what all went into his decision but he was one of the players who was closest to Orgeron so you never know how much Coach O's departure impacted his choice.
Trojan fan in South Korea [via mobile]
Hey Garry, I keep reading that Buck Allen and tre madden might declare at the end of the season and where do you see them projecting in the draft ( I know it's early) just trying grasp the running back situation and other than Lovett are we in the running for any top runners this year? Thank you
Garry Paskwietz (5:37 PM)
The coaches are making the pitch to the top running backs on their list about the opportunity that is available on the depth chart, so far we don't really know who the legit candidates are going to be (besides a Malik Lovette) but names should be revealed soon through the camp process and into the early part of next season. Also, it would surprise me if Buck and Tre both leave, there just isn't a premium on RB's in the draft these days.
What have you heard about the Academic Progress Rate and anything that is being done about this. We are dangerously close to the threshold. We do a lot of chest thumping (rightfully) about how we have become an elite academic institution, but the APR is embarrassing. Anything from the AD's office?
Garry Paskwietz (5:40 PM)
I haven't seen anything on this in one of Haden's state of the department updates but I'm guessing the media will bring it up at some point. You are not alone, I also heard a few comments when those results came out from people who were surprised to see that kind of mark.
RC (Los Angeles)
Hi Garry. Do you think USC will try and sign the maximum amount allowed for this coming class? And is that max at 25 or can they go over (like some SEC classes)? Who should we anticipate committing to USC soon? Thank you.
Garry Paskwietz (5:41 PM)
Oh yes, Sark will sign 25, he won't leave any on the table if he can't help it. That is the max though, the Trojans can't go over 25. The next announcement that I know of which could go SC's way is TE Tyler Petite from Northern California, he is planning a late June announce date and SC has a legit shot.
Georgia Joan (Georgia Joan)
Do you think Edoga from Cobb County, GA will stick to his commitment despite offers from SEC programs?
Garry Paskwietz (5:44 PM)
Yes I do. There is a unique connection in that Chuma is friends with Caleb Wilson, the son of USC DL coach Chris Wilson, from when the Wilson family lived in Georgia. On top of that familiar relationship, the fact is that the Trojans need offensive tackles and Udoga recognizes that he will be coached by a guy who was just working with one of the best lines in the league. And it also sounded like he enjoyed the California lifestyle when he took a trip to the USC campus last March.
Rick (LA) [via mobile]
Do you think CEO would have done as well in recruiting as Sark is doing?
Garry Paskwietz (5:44 PM)
Ryan (Escondido, CA)
Which true freshman do you see having an immediate impact?
Garry Paskwietz (5:45 PM)
I think you have to put Adoree' at the top of the list. And it could happen on either side of the ball, the plan is for him to have certain packages both as a corner on defense and a skill guy on offense.
Why hasn't Josh Shaw officially been moved back to S? He clearly does not have the hips to be playing CB
Garry Paskwietz (5:48 PM)
The only problem is that he was clearly the Trojans best corner last season. He doesn't have ideal size for a corner, isn't overly fluid, doesn't have blazing speed but yet somehow it all comes together and works for him. I think you can look at the struggles of the pass defense early in the year and then draw a line in the sand to him being moved back to corner full-time as a big reason why they ended up No. 1 in total defense by the end of the year.
Harvey Hyde (Avalon, CA)
What OOS recruits are USC most likely to sign?
Garry Paskwietz (5:52 PM)
Coach, the thought of you sitting on the deck in Avalon on a beautiful day talking some Trojan football brings a smile to my face. I'll tell you to look in the fine state of Utah for a few interesting prospects. i like the linebacker Osa Masina, he reminds me of a taller version of Kaluka Maivai, remember him Coach? How about an offensive tackle named Andre James, the Trojans already have verbals from two tackles but he could be a 3rd. and then a defensive end prospect named Porter Gustin is another long athlete. Of course, the Trojans already have one good OOS guy from your town and that's Noah Jefferson, i know you liked the video on him. Enjoy the day Coach!
Patrick (Miami, FL)
Will the OL hold up this year? It seems like this could be the Trojans achilles heel
Garry Paskwietz (5:55 PM)
Even though things didn't get settled in spring, I thought there were some encouraging signs. Banner was a pleasant surprise, with Tuerk locking down the important center spot it left an opening at right tackle but Banner appears to have taken care of that. Now the big attention turns to the two guard spots, i really think it's key for Walker to come back ready to go at RG, if that happens I will take my chances that the trio of Lobendahn, Simmons and Rodgers could fill the LG spot. Those guard spots are definitely a potential achilles heel but there are logical pieces that could fall into place, largely depending on health.
Do you think Leonard Williams will be a top 5 pick next year? Are there any concerns with his make up or motor? Thanks.
Garry Paskwietz (5:57 PM)
Yes and no. Leonard is as good as any football player I've seen in a while.
Manny (Tarzana ca )
Hi Gary , i just wanted to know your position on the QB rotation and reps , seemed to me that green was more in rythm with the hurry up offense completing that touchdown pass and completions , vs kessler only completing only less than 50% of passes during the spring game . could we see more of green the kid looked sharp. whats your stand on this thanks .
Garry Paskwietz (5:59 PM)
I understand that Green looked good in the spring game and he has a lot of potential but let's be real clear, Jalen was the #3 QB coming out of spring and that was far and away the best day he had all spring. He's not ready to move into a bigger role just yet, more from a lack of consistency point of view as anything. Consistency is the biggest thing Sark wants to see from a QB and Jalen just isn't there yet. Give him time though, kid has some skills.
Garry Paskwietz (6:00 PM)
Sorry everyone, that's all the time we have for today. We will see you all next week.