USC has another victory over the transfer portal this week! This time it comes at the quarterback position. Redshirt junior quarterback Matt Fink took to his instagram account Thursday afternoon to announce that he will be withdrawing from the transfer portal to remain at USC.
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Thank you to all the coaches that have reached out to me and gave me an opportunity to continue my career elsewhere, but after a long month of soul searching, I have decided that my football future will continue here at USC with this special “Band of Brothers.” #FightOnForever
Fink entered the transfer portal after the conclusion of spring camp back in mid April. The redshirt junior quarterback stated that he wanted to go somewhere to compete for a starting spot, however he never shut the door on a return to USC. There were initial reports that Fink would transfer to Illinois which already had former Trojans Trevon Sidney and Oluwole Betiku, but those reports were shutdown by Fink himself a few days later.
The Trojans already had reverse fortunes with the transfer portal with the return of wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. on Monday, the re-enrollment of Bru McCoy from Texas, and the arrival of former Florida cornerback Chris Steele. They’ve also received cornerback Greg Johnson back just days after he entered the NCAA transfer portal during the beginning of Spring Camp.
Fink’s return now gives USC even more depth at the quarterback position with four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. Redshirt sophomore Jack Sears, Freshman Keldon Slovis, and Sophomore JT Daniels. Fink had an impressive spring camp as he competed for the now open starting quarterback position in Graham Harrell’s air raid offense, however some had him as the second or third string quarterback. Heading into the summer and fall the Los Angeles native will once again have a shot to win the starting job.
Fink has taken snaps in three games last season, two of them were to fill in for the injured Daniels against Stanford and Utah. Fink’s season was cut when he suffered broken ribs in the blowout loss to Utah mid October. The former three star quarterback out of Glendora High School in Glendora, CA committed to USC back in 2016. Fink redshirted his freshman year in 2016 and was named the back up to Sam Darnold in 2017. 2018 Fink pushed for the starting quarterback position, but was once again named the back up as JT Daniels won the job.