The 2007-08 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year Matt Barkley, quarterback from Mater Dei High School, has committed to becoming a Trojan. The 6-foot 3, 220-pound Barkley is the first junior to win the award. Barkley made he decision to announce his decision after visiting USC on 19JAN08.
Barkley will not be eligible to sign a letter of intent until February 2009.
Barkley explained his early announcement,
“I’ve always loved USC and I wanted to get the burden of the recruiting process over before I start back with Mater Dei football.”
Mater Dei has produced other notable Trojans Matt Leinart and Matt Grootegoed. Now Barkley will follow in these legends to USC. The announcement by Barkley clearly places USC football at the top of the recruiting world. This move regains the Southern California spotlight for USC, after cross-town rivals UCLA announced the addition of Norm Chow to the Bruin coaching staff.
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