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Penn State Football: Silas Redd `Leaning Toward Becoming a USC Trojan,' ESPN Says

on July 30, 2012 3:15 PM

Updated at 3:15 p.m. July 30

Penn State junior tailback Silas Redd may be ready to change his address and jersey.

ESPN's Joe Schad reported that Redd wrapped up his weekend visit to the USC campus Monday afternoon and "there are strong indications that Silas Redd is leaning toward becoming a USC Trojan."

Redd, who arrived in Southern California Saturday, is headed back to his home in Connecticut.

ESPN reported that he and his family are expected to meet with Penn State coach Bill O'Brien Tuesday in person before Redd makes his final decision.

Other Nittany Lions considering possible transfers, according to various reports, include redshirt junior punter/kicker Anthony Fera (Texas), redshirt sophomore linebacker Mike Hull (Pitt), junior tight end Kevin Haplea (Florida State), redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki (Washington) and junior middle linebacker Khairi Fortt (California).

Guy Fortt told the Stamford Advocate Monday that his son has ruled out transferring to UConn.

“He just doesn’t want to be home,” Guy Fortt said. “He just doesn’t want to do it. He probably doesn’t want to be around me and my wife.”

Meanwhile, junior quarterback Rob Bolden was released from his scholarship before the NCAA sanctions were handed down a week ago and could land at LSU.

And redshirt freshman safety Tim Buckley, a preferred walk-on, has transferred to N.C. State.

Earlier at 8 a.m. July 28

Penn State junior tailback Silas Redd is expected to visit USC’s campus this weekend, according to multiple reports.

ESPN reported he will travel to Southern California for a visit Saturday.

Redd's college transcripts arrived at USC Friday, which could be the next step toward his possible enrollment, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

And he met with USC coach Lane Kiffin for three hours in Connecticut Thursday.

One USC player, quarterback Max Wittek, has joined Kiffin in the recruitment of Redd, who has two years of eligibility remaining.

Wittek, who played Pop Warner football with Redd in Connecticut, called the running back earlier this week, he told the Los Angeles Times.

"I told him I was sorry to hear about everything that came down and that it was obviously a difficult situation," Wittek said. "But I tried to sell USC to him a little bit. I'd love to have him here.

"He said thanks for reaching out, that he was definitely interested and was just trying to take the right steps to decide what he was going to do."

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago that he met with Redd and his family this past week.

A year ago, in his first season as a starter for the Nittany Lions, Redd rushed for 1,241 yards on 244 carries. He scored seven touchdowns and was named second-team all-Big Ten Conference.

Other Nittany Lions considering possible transfers, according to various reports, include redshirt junior punter/kicker Anthony Fera (Texas), redshirt sophomore linebacker Mike Hull (Pitt), junior tight end Kevin Haplea (Florida State), redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ryan Nowicki (Washington) and junior middle linebacker Khairi Fortt (California).

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