Trojans set up nicely for future

Matt Barkley's decision to stay allows USC to comfortably stack the QB position

Updated: December 22, 2011, 5:03 PM ET
By Erik McKinney | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Barkley's return for his senior season does wonders for the prospects of USC's 2012 season. The Trojans likely will enter the fall as a top-5 team with a Heisman Trophy candidate leading one of the nation's top offenses.

[+] EnlargeLane Kiffin
Matt Cashore/US PresswireThe sky is the limit for Lane Kiffin and the Trojans, both next season and into the future, at quarterback with Matt Barkley's announcement on Thursday.
But beyond that, it's something of a holiday miracle for USC's quarterbacking future. Not only does it give the Trojans the top quarterback in the country for 2012, it strengthens the unit as a whole.