Five USC underclassmen have decided to hightail it to the NFL, but at least one has decided to stay for his final year of eligibility.
Junior linebacker Hayes Pullard announced via Twitter on Monday that he would be back for his senior season:
This is a big win for the Trojans, who are already losing a first-round talent in wide out Marqise Lee, All-Pac-12 center Marcus Martin and three-year starting defensive back Dion Bailey. Pullard led USC with 94 tackles this past season, including 5.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and one interception. He also was the co-leader in tackles for the Trojans as a freshman.
Pullard was a team captain in 2013. He will be the leader of a young, but talented, USC defense in 2014.