It turns out Lovie Smith isn’t welcoming a former Trojan to campus.
USC graduate transfer Jalen Greene has changed course on his destination, deciding to head to Utah State instead of Illinois, per 247Sports’ Jeremy Werner.
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) May 14, 2018
Greene, an Inglewood, Calif., native, arrived at USC as a quarterback by way of Gardena Serra High School, but never quite filled that role in Los Angeles. The left-handed passer was signed by former Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian and graduated from Serra a semester early to enroll at USC in 2014, but ended up serving in a role reminiscent of Kordell Stewart with the Pittsburgh Steelers, straddling the line between receiver and quarterback. He caught just 26 passes for 318 yards in his career at USC, which also saw him complete 3 of 5 passes for 127 yards and 1 touchdown. As recent as USC’s last appearance in the Rose Bowl in January 2017, Greene was available as a backup quarterback.
Oddly enough (likely an error, but fitting), Greene’s player page on USC’s athletics site listed his name as his position.
Greene, who for too long was a player without a position at USC, heads to Utah State, which has had success with transfers at the receiver position. Ron’Quavion Tarver, a junior-college transfer, has racked up 94 catches for 1,171 yards and 10 touchdowns in just two seasons at Utah State. Greene will join him in the Aggies’ receiving corps in 2018.