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Source: OT Matt Kalil "set to return" to USC

Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:14 am
 
Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil is "set to return" for his senior season according to a source close to the situation.

Kalil, 6-6 and 295 pounds, just finished his second season as the Trojans' starting left tackle. He earned First Team All Pac-12 honors and is currently rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the No. 3 overall prospect in the country. Though his older brother, Ryan, returned for his senior campaign at USC prior to the center being drafted in the second round of the 2007 draft by the Carolina Panthers, most expected Matt to leave early.

A high-ranking NFL scout confirmed that he'd also heard Kalil was "definitely leaning towards returning" and that the decision surprised he and his scouting peers, as well.

"If he does indeed return, it would be a bit surprising. He's the top offensive tackle in the country. The senior class [at offensive tackle] is a weak group. At worst, he'd be looking at a top ten pick. That fact alone would send most guys into the draft."

Kalil's remarkable combination of size and athleticism had kept the Dallas Cowboys' 2011 first round pick Tyron Smith playing on the right side during his career with the Trojans. That didn't keep Jerry Jones and his staff from selecting Smith with the No. 9 overall pick. Smith, incidentally, has performed well this season as the Cowboys' starting right tackle.

Kalil has long been projected to enter the 2012 draft. Chad Reuter and I have each projected him as a potential top five pick in our current first round mock drafts.

Should Kalil return, it could set off of chain reaction pushing other talented USC underclassmen -- including quarterback Matt Barkley -- to shun the NFL and return for their senior seasons. The Trojans' bowl ban ends this year. Considering the talent this team has potentially coming back, a return to national title contention would appear possible.
Comments

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:05 am
 

Source: OT Matt Kalil "set to return" to USC

AS ONE WHO FEELS BETRAYED BY THE NFL BY LABOR STOPPAGES, HIGH TICKET PRICES, AND TOO MANY PLAYERS MISMANAGING THEIR NEW RICHES AND ELITE ATHLETE STATUS, I AM BULLISH ON COLLEGE SPORTS.....AFTER BEING IN NCAA PERGATORY FOR THE LAST .2YRS AT USC, THOSE THAT CHOOSE TO RETURN HAVE A CHANCE TO REACH THE UPPER ELEMENTS OF COLLEGE FB THAT HAS BEEN DENIED TO THEM THE PAST 2 YRS.....ROSE BOWL AND NATL RANKING....IM GUESSING A SENSE OF LOYALTY TO TROY, HAYDEN, KIPPEN, AND FELLOW TEAMMATES IS A GREAT REASON TO RETURN....BUT, THE KEY WILL BE QB BARKLEY AND HIS RETURN TO USC OR GO TO THE NFL



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:59 am
 

Source: OT Matt Kalil "set to return" to USC

If this is true, you will see Barkley stay at USC also.  He said that a lot of his decision would be based on what this starting LT, Matt Kalil would do.  They were a "package" deal.  USC has a favorable schedule next season, getting Oregon and Notre Dame, the two teams that will probably be their toughest competition, both at home.  If Kiffin can coach this team to a 10-2 reord when nothing was on the line as far as post season play is concerned, how far can they go now that they will be eligable for post season play?



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:54 am
 

Source: OT Matt Kalil "set to return" to USC

I wish him well if he does decide to stay in school.  Can't understand the thinking if he's a lock to be a first rounder though? Always a risky move...just ask Broyles from OU......



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:27 am
 

Source: OT Matt Kalil "set to return" to USC

Why do I almost feel guilty or even sad for a very talented kid who stays his senior year?  I think its because he is seemingly and blindly offering himself yet another 365 days of torment from the disgusting and corrupt NCAA, NFL agents, NFL scouts, supposed talent experts, etc.

I swear, I think the aforementioned group almost goes out of their way to screw these kids if they "don't follow the rules" - i.e. make them a bunch of money and in an immediate fashion.

Good luck Mr. Kalil.  Sadly, I think you are going to need it (but I hope I'm wrong).


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