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AAA  Jan. 3, 2018 7:55 PM ET
USC quarterback Sam Darnold will enter NFL draft
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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 file photo, Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold will skip his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

(AP) — Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold will skip his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Darnold made the expected announcement in an Instagram video Wednesday.

About 25 minutes earlier, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen announced he will enter the draft. Both local products are expected to be high first-round selections in April.

Darnold took over as the Trojans' starting quarterback four games into last season as a redshirt freshman. He won the Rose Bowl in his first season with a record 453-yard, five-touchdown performance against Penn State, and he led the Trojans to their first Pac-12 championship since 2008 this season.

Darnold passed for 7,229 yards with 57 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions in 27 games behind center for the Trojans.

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