Decisions Ahead for Robey and Woods

Look inside for the latest on Nickell Robey and Robert Woods, as they decide whether to stay in school or leave for the riches of the NFL....

For USC's Robert Woods and Nickell Robey the dream of playing professional football has been a driving force in their lives for as long as they can remember.

Coming out of high school in 2010, Woods and Robey were expected to be big-time additions to the USC roster, but it was their work ethic and maturity that transformed them into three-year starters and two of the top juniors in the nation.

Robey is an undersized cornerback that has shown good cover skills and plays bigger than his measurables. Woods has the savvy of an NFL veteran and has proven to be one of the most productive wide receivers in college football.

Both players' would likely have productive NFL careers if they leave school early, but they would also benefit from another year of seasoning. So the question remains: Should they stay or should they go?

Robey said on Friday that he is still going through the process, gathering as much information as he can find, and weighing the pros and cons.

One major factor in their decisions will be the feedback that they receive from their NFL evaluations.

Robey says that he would have to get a first or second round grade to consider leaving early for the NFL. Any evaluation worse than that and he fully expects be back in Cardinal and Gold for 2013.

Wide receiver coach Tee Martin, who knows the value of a good wide receiver, spoke at length about Robert Woods after practice, praising his intelligence and practice habits.

"I always say he practices like a pro and he approaches meetings like a pro," Martin said. "What you started seeing towards the end of the year was his demeanor, his maturity level and his overall understanding of the total picture coming together.

"Robert is somebody that every coach wants from a preparation standpoint and what he gives you on the field."

So what advice does Martin have for Woods?

"I try not to advise him about his future of leaving USC," Martin said with a laugh. "I have been advising him about his future of staying at USC.

"I'm working my tail off trying to recruit Robert. My job here is to try and keep all of the good players here."

Hot Reads

- Matt Barkley attended practice on Friday but didn't participate in drills. Lane Kiffin reiterated that Barkley wouldn't be available until they start practicing in El Paso, Texas.

- USC defensive line signee Kylie Fitts watched practice and visited with the coaches afterwards. Fitts is an early enrollee and will begin classes in January.

- When asked about his recent decision to turn down a job offer from Tennessee, Tee Martin joked, "I'm still losing followers on Twitter."

- Incoming freshman wide receiver Darreus Rogers participated in practice again on Friday and wore no. 26. In just two days of practice, Rogers' has already shown flashes of why he was so highly recruited coming out of high school.

"He has strong hands and he's a big physical kid that wants to be good," said Tee Martin. "He can win one-on-one matchups because he is so strong."

- The USC players will have a team dinner at Lane Kiffin's house on Friday night and then will attend the Clippers-Kings game.

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