USC Matt Barkley was a surefire first round pick. In fact, he was considered by some the best quarterback that could enter the draft, ahead of Andrew Luck. Barkley had a million-dollar future but he decided to come back and be the Trojan quarterback for one more year. To some this may seem like a crazy decision, but for Barkley, it makes sense.
The All-American quarterback will be returning to a team that will be loaded offensively, led by stud wide receiver Robert Woods. The defense will be a year older and a year stronger and they will also be led by another All-American returning for his senior season, safety TJ McDonald. If you take a look at this team with all that they have returning, it looks like the Trojans will be back in the championship hunt despite the scholarships that they have lost during their punishment from the NCAA.
The championship is just part of the reason that Barkley returned. As a boy, Barkley always wanted to go to USC. He always wanted to be the quarterback at USC. Barkley wants to stay and live out his boyhood dream. So, for those that criticize his decision, look at all the unique talents that leave school too early, aren't ready for the NFL and never accomplish anything outside of their own personal statistics in college. They tend to flame out at the pro level and not have the education to be able to find another career path. Barkley made the decision that school and his boyhood dream of being a part of a championship team at USC meant more than the millions he could personally earn in the NFL next year. I applaud Barkley for coming back to school. Sure, he's risking injury coming back, but no one will question his decision should he win a BCS National Title and the Heisman Trophy next year.