WeAreSC staffers give their thoughts on the potential position switch of USC quarterback Jalen Greene to wide receiver.
Garry Paskwietz: My first reaction is that if this move is going to be made, I hope Greene is completely on board with it because it would likely mean giving up on his dream of playing quarterback, and I still think he could be pretty good at the position. But while the potential to grow as a quarterback is there, the reality at USC is that there are also other good players at the position, and Greene is at a point in his career where he may be taking a hard look at the depth chart situation. My read is that he would have a real battle on his hands in the long run to overtake the other QBs on the roster, so I can understand a potential position switch, although it has to be a tough decision for him. He has so many of the dual-threat skills a lot of offenses are looking for these days at quarterback, along with a strong arm that just isn’t consistent enough yet. With the right development, however, it’s easy to imagine Greene turning into a good quarterback. It’s nice that, as such a gifted athlete, he has the option of playing receiver (and continuing as a USC student), but I’m sure there will also be continued speculation about the possibility of continuing his QB career at another school.
Johnny Curren: With Max Browne having asserted himself as Cody Kessler’s heir apparent this spring, and Ricky Town and Sam Darnold adding depth to the quarterback spot, the move of Greene to wide receiver certainly appears to make sense. The Gardena (Calif.) Serra product developed nicely at quarterback during his first spring on campus, as well as during last fall's camp, but still struggling with his accuracy at times he’s never really shown that he can be relied upon as a consistent performer at the position. Adding to that is the fact Greene has shown some real promise as a receiver in limited duty there during some of the offseason throwing sessions, as well as in the fall in scout-team duty. He has a nice combination of size and speed, and from what I’ve seen his hands aren’t bad either. I’m excited to see how he develops under the tutelage of Tee Martin if, in fact, this move turns out to be true.
Greg Katz: I think it would be a win-win for Greene. By agreeing to play to wide receiver, he would be saying that a degree from USC is more important than transferring and trying to make it as a quarterback. Secondly, Greene is athletic enough and was such an accomplished runner as a quarterback at Gardena Serra that he could work his way into the receiving mix and be a potential NFL prospect down the line. There are enough former quarterbacks-turned-wide receivers in USC history to warrant some positive vibes for Greene.