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Penn State Football: Linebacker Fortt Migrates West to Cal, Report Says

by on August 01, 2012 9:34 AM

Silas Redd isn't the only player to head west to the Pac-12 in the wake of significant sanctions being imposed on the Penn State football program.

Junior linebacker Khairi Fortt, another Connecticut native, is transferring to Cal, according to Dave Ruden of the Stamford Advocate.

"Basically I wanted to take a leap of faith and trust in God," Fortt told the newspaper. "This is what's right for me and my family. The way you go through life is the way you handle adversity. The friends I've made here are friends for life. Some people have different paths."

Fortt was set to enter preseason camp in a position battle with Glenn Carson for the third starting linebacker spot. He sat out most of spring practice because of a subluxation of his right kneecap, a chronic issue that caused the knee to keep popping out. Doctors put Fortt on pain-free medication and attached part of his Achilles tendon to the inside of his kneecap during surgery in late April.

His departure brings the transfer count to at least six, the most significant being Redd's move to Southern California. Junior quarterback Rob Bolden (LSU), junior tight end Kevin Haplea (Florida State), freshman defensive lineman Jamil Pollard (Rutgers) and reserve safety Tim Buckley (N.C. State) are the others.

More could be coming. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Mike Hull and redshirt junior running back Curtis Dukes are currently mulling offers to play elsewhere. Kicker/punter Anthony Fera is considering Texas, his home state. And, the Oklahoma branch reported Oklahoma has had contact with senior wide receiver Justin Brown but have since backed off.

Preseason camp opens Aug. 6. For many Penn State fans, it will be a long five days. Stay tuned.

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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