Matt Kalil Still Undecided, Despite Reports

The offensive tackle, projected to be a top-five pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, "woke up to mayhem this morning" with news that he is returning to USC for his senior season. Despite the reports, Kalil said they are just rumors and he has yet to make any announcement.

Amidst crazy deals and trades in the NBA and MLB Thursday morning, there is one piece of news flying around the NFL that hits home for Trojan fans: a report that offensive tackle Matt Kalil will remain at USC for his senior season.

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.


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