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To stay or to go

The decision to stay close to home or to leave the state complex for top QBs

Originally Published: July 20, 2012
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN RecruitingNation

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- The blond hair gives him away.

Matt Barkley, the preseason Heisman Trophy favorite and quite possibly the face of college football this year, often just wants a place to hide. When he's not dissecting another Pac-12 defense as USC's soon-to-be fourth-year starting quarterback, Barkley sticks on a hat and sunglasses and tries to blend in around Los Angeles.

The more he tries to escape, though, the more difficult it becomes. Barkley insists he's not a celebrity ...

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