[editor's note, by DC Trojan] Bumped from the Diaries.
An awesome get, and glad to keep him in house. Wearesc.com has the story right here. I don't know much about him, but his dad was a Trojan, he's got a rocket arm, and just committed, so life is good right now.
Fight on and beat the Beavers/Cavaliers!
Update [2008-1-23 23:33:33 by DC Trojan]: This further detail from the LA Times:Barkley said he visited USC on Saturday and came to the conclusion there was no need to wait any longer on making a decision even though he can't sign a letter of intent until February of 2009.
"With all the success USC has to offer, I feel it's the best opportunity to grow as a quarterback," Barkley said. "The competition is like none other. I've always loved USC and I wanted to get the burden of the recruiting process over before I start back with Mater Dei football."
Barkley's decision offers a boost to the Trojans just as rival UCLA was gaining attention for hiring former USC assistant Norm Chow as its offensive coordinator. On the same day last Saturday that Barkley visited USC Coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, in the afternoon he went to UCLA for an unofficial visit with his cousin, receiver Robbie Boyer, and was taken around campus by Bruins Coach Rick Neuheisel.
Barkley said he considers Chow "a great coach" and had met him previously at a camp, but his ties to USC were strong, considering that his father, Les, played water polo for the Trojans.
Hopefully this is one commitment that sticks!