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Matt Barkley (QB, USC) has been the focus of attention by football scouts and sports media talking-heads since his days as a Junior at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. Following Barkley’s 2007 season with the Monarchs, he became the most decorated high school football player in the Country. Barkley won the 2007 Gatorade National Player and Male Athlete of the Year awards as well as the Glenn Davis award (given to the best high school football player in Southern California). In addition, he won the first ever Joe Montana Award, given to the best high school quarterback, and jumped to the top of every major prospect scouting list. Needless to say, life was good for Matt.
Speculation swirled around Barkley and a potential commit to UCLA, but on Juanary 28, 2008, the heavily recruited right arm verbally committed to USC and continued his family’s legacy as a “Trojan”.