Sophomore Jahleel Pinner is turning heads with the USC coaching staff and may see more playing time this year, USC coach Lane Kiffin told the Orange County Register.
The Rancho Santa Margarita resident graduated from Mission Viejo High in 2012.
Last year, Pinner (5-11, 225) started every game for USC, mostly on special teams. This year the former fullback is seeing more opportunities in practice. Given the team's wide receiver injuries, Pinner has even tried his hand as a receiver this week.
"(Pinner) has done great," Kiffin told the newspaper. "He has really responded. He's a guy who, in a normal situation, probably should have redshirted (in 2012). Now he's really coming along and is much improved."
Check out the video clip above for Pinner's highlights as a Mission Viejo High senior.