|Matt Barkley will announce where he'll play in 2012 on Thursday afternoon. (Getty Images)|
On Thursday afternoon, Matt Barkley could give quarterback-needy teams at the top of the 2012 NFL Draft an early Christmas present. Or maybe he'll come sliding back down Lane Kiffin's chimney. Er, whatever -- he's announcing whether he'll return to USC or enter the NFL Draft on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.
|2012 NFL Draft|
"USC junior QB Matt Barkley will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce his decision regarding next season," the Trojans announced from their official Twitter account.
Barkley is the second-best quarterback prospect on Rob Rang's Big Board, behind only Andrew Luck, and in the latest NFL Draft Scout mock drafts, both Rang and Dane Brugler have Barkley going to Washington at No. 7 overall. (Brugler has Robert Griffin, III, going ahead of Barkley to Cleveland.) As our Eye on College Football colleague Tom Fornelli points out, RG3 is reportedly chatting with agents and looks like a good bet to enter the draft.
The Redskins, along with the Colts, Browns and Dolphins all qualify as top-10 teams (currently) who have a serious need at quarterback or might have serious interest in acquiring one of the top-three signal callers in the draft.
Barkley's USC teammate and blind-side protector Matt Kalil also recently announced he would enter the NFL Draft and that surely has to play a part in the decision that the Trojan quarterback will make.
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