But despite Rob Rang's post on CBS' NFL Draft Blog, a text from the 6-7, 295-pound junior said the news is just a "rumor" and Kalil has yet to make an announcement.
"I literally just woke up to mayhem," Kalil said of the buzz that hit Twitter and the news wire Thursday morning.
Expected to be a top-five pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Kalil staying at USC would lead many to believe junior quarterback Matt Barkley would also opt to play in college for his senior season.
An article from the Los Angeles Times last week alluded that Kalil and Barkley's decision was a package deal.
Kalil, who protects Barkley's blind side, has an NFL-ready body in addition to an NFL bloodline. The Servite High product is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers' franchise tag Ryan Kalil, a former Trojan and currently the league's highest paid center. Kalil's father, Frank, also played at USC and in the NFL.
Prior to the 2011, Kalil was named a Playboy Preseason All-American. Twelve games later, his draft stock moved way up after solid performance on the line as well as proving to be a pivotal piece on USC's special teams. Kalil blocked four kicks this season, including one against Utah that would have put the Utes and Trojans into overtime.
Kalil is expected to make his decision in a week or two, according to sources.