USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley will announce his NFL Draft decision shortly (which you can watch right here), but, according to Pete Thamel, he's staying in Los Angeles. That follows a long list of Trojans folks who've insisted he'll stick around, plus a press conference scene that does not at all suggest he's leaving.
Look at all those Heismans pointing toward the next one! Have a senior quarterback for Christmas!
Barkley's return would throw every early mock draft out of whack. Barkley had been pegged as a top-10 selection, going No. 8 to the Miami Dolphins in SBNation.com's 2012 mock draft. Mocking the Draft's latest two-round mock draft sent him to the Washington Redskins at No. 5.
It'll also turn USC into a national title favorite next year, their first chance at postseason glory since the NCAA banned them from the postseason. Despite losing a lot of defensive talent, they'll get to play a slew of first-year coaches in the Pac-12 South while the Stanford Cardinal lose Andrew Luck.