January 27, 2008

Future Impact: Barkley

Matt Barkley has been a hot topic among college football fans ever since the 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback was named the starter for the Mater Dei Monarchs back in 2005.

Two years later, now finishing up his junior year, the Southern California signal caller is ranked as the top football prospect in the nation for the entire 2009 recruiting class.

Still with one more season to go before he steps foot onto a college campus, analysts have pegged Barkley as a heavy USC lean. On Jan. 23, Barkley proved the experts right when he publicly committed to Pete Carroll and the USC Trojans.

Pete Carroll has built USC into a perennial National Championship contender, and the pillar of his program is competition, something that Barkley faces each week in the Trinity League. Facing some of the toughest competition in America, Barkley has dominated his opponents earning many prestigious awards along the way.

Certainly the most impressive award for Barkley was winning the Gatorade National Player of the Year, an honor that was never won by a junior in its extensive, storied history until Matt Barkley.

What separates Barkley from other quarterbacks are his intangibles. Not only does he have everything you look for in a quarterback like a strong arm, poise in the pocket, and great leadership ability, Barkley excels at all the less recognized aspects like reading the defense, and making great decisions with the football.

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