Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 10/24/12
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Barkley and T.J. McDonald returned to USC for their senior seasons because they determined they had "Unfinished Business." Matt Kalil decided his business as a Trojan was finished and became the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. When the time rolls around for Robert Woods to make his decision, there may not be any business left to finish, depending on how USC ends the 2012 season. Woods set the bar pretty high for himself last season. By those standards, he's having a "down" year, yet he still put himself in a position to become USC's all-time leader in receptions when he passed Dwayne Jarrett last Saturday. It took Woods 32 games to accomplish the feat, about two and a half seasons. Entering the season, it was thought to be a no-brainer that Woods wouldn't return for his senior season. If he decides to forego his senior year and enters the draft, it is believed Woods is a no-doubt first rounder. He's largely considered a top-flight route runner. Stanford head coach David Shaw said Woods is "the best route runner" that he's seen in college football in the last 10 years. Yet, Woods immediate concern is the team's upcoming meeting with Arizona. He's not thinking about the NFL at this time. "Not at all," Woods said. "Right now, I'm focused on this year trying to make sure this year goes right. Still got a lot of games to play. I'm still, right now, playing for Matt and T.J. They came back for a reason so we're going to play for them." Woods is incredibly close with his teammates, especially his roommates which include Dion Bailey, D.J. Morgan, Marqise Lee, and Hayes Pullard. He insists he's having the time of his life. "I'm out here having fun," he said. "It's fun playing with teammates and the guys I got recruited with and I haven't even thought about it, like leaving them yet, but as of right now I'm playing with my brothers." Whatever decision Woods makes, he likely won't be tugged one way or the other by Lee. "He (can) make his own decision," Lee said. "I don't necessarily get in people ear about what they want to do. Same as Barkley. I didn't say nothing to Barkley because I know he was going to decide what he wanted to decide. If he do stay, I'm happy." Plenty of Trojans fans would join Lee in his happiness if Woods decides to return for his senior year. In the meantime, they'll have to enjoy being able to watch him in a USC uniform for the rest of this season. As for the rest of the Trojans, they'll have to enjoy having him around as a teammate. As he watched Woods break Jarrett's record last Saturday, it further helped Morgan realize that. "I'm just happy I could be a part of it and just be a part of his life, being his roommate since day one and being there supporting him," Morgan said. "You don't know what you're a part of until it's over. He might not come back, you never know." At this point, neither does Woods.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Blake Griffin opts out of contract to become free agent

Report: Wolves targeting Kyle Lowry, Jrue Holiday, other point guards in free agency

Conor McGregor’s coach says tentative plans include a return to UFC in 2017

Report: Mets open for business on the trade market

Markelle Fultz believes the Sixers are already a playoff team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Jimmy Butler’s attitude toward Fred Hoiberg made players ‘uncomfortable’

St. Louis Cardinals to hold first LGBTQ Pride Night

John Mara: Extending Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t team’s No. 1 priority

Mike Trout reportedly wanted to sign ‘lifetime deal’ with Angels

Blackhawks, Blue Jackets swap Artemi Panarin, Brandon Saad

Matt Forte expected to be ‘offensive workhorse’ for Jets?

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

Box Score 6/23: Philly continues to trust the process

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker