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USC football: All-American lineman Matt Kalil will enter NFL draft

December 15, 2011 |  9:05 pm

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USC offensive lineman Matt Kalil has decided to forgo a final season with the Trojans and will make himself available for the NFL draft, Kalil said Thursday night.

Kalil, a 6-foot-7 All-American left tackle, had been projected by some to be the first lineman taken if he declared for the April draft.

"It was definitely a tough decision because I love SC," Kalil said. "But it’s a special opportunity. It’s time to move on."

Kalil was one of four juniors weighing whether to turn pro or to return to the Trojans. Quarterback Matt Barkley, safety T.J. McDonald and end Nick Perry have not announced their decisions, though Perry is expected to turn pro.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, citing sources, first reported Kalil's decision Thursday night.

More later at latimes.com/sports

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Photo: Matt Kalil. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

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