USC’s Barkley mulls decision, files for evaluation

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Barkley is checking out his draft status by filing for an evaluation from the NFL’s draft advisory board.

That doesn’t mean the Southern California quarterback has decided what he’ll do next year.

Barkley is reflecting on his remarkable junior season with the No. 9 Trojans, who won seven of their last eight games to finish off their NCAA postseason ban in style.

Barkley’s quantum leap forward was the biggest reason for USC’s surge. He threw a conference-record 39 touchdown passes, broke USC’s single-season record for completion percentage and finished strong with 23 TD passes and just two interceptions in USC’s final six games.

Draft-eligible juniors who are considering the NFL jump usually file for an evaluation from the draft advisory board. Barkley says he’ll begin his decision process next week.