Silas Redd announced Tuesday afternoon that he will transfer from Penn State to the University of Southern California.
In wake of the sanctions levied by the NCAA, Penn State players were allowed unprecedented liberal transfer rules. Redd visited USC’s campus over the weekend and viewed a workout on Monday morning before leaving.
Redd informed Penn State coach Bill O’Brien of his decision following a two=hour meeting Tuesday afternoon in State College.
“This has obviously been a very busy, emotionally draining week for me and my family,” Redd said in a statement he released following his decision. “As many of you know, playing football at Penn State has been a dream of mine since I was seven years old, and I will be forever grateful that this dream became a reality. This is the reason that the decision I have made is so difficult for me: I will transfer to USC to complete my education and my college football career, beginning in the 2012-2013 year. Penn State gave me a phenomenal opportunity to become part of a legendary football program. My teammates, my coaches – past and present – and the staff have provided me with a tremendous amount of guidance and support since I arrived on campus, and I can’t thank them enough for their time, their advice, and their friendship. They have given me such a strong foundation from which I can continue to grow.”
Redd, who has two years of eligibility remaining, rushed for 1,241 yards last season as a sophomore. As a freshman he ran for 437 yards and had a 5.7 average yards per rush.
He was widely considered to be Penn State’s best player and top target of other schools during this unique recruiting process.
USC coach Lane Kiffin and seven assistants came east last week to meet with Redd and his family in Connecticut. Redd then went to the Los Angeles campus for the weekend.
USC was looking for a running back to fill one of its final needs on offense.
The transfer means the running back position will be filled by Bill Belton, Curtis Dukes, Derek Day and possibly incoming freshman Akeel Lynch. Lynch, though, is apparently considering a move to Iowa.
In high school Redd starred at King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, Conn. Rivals.com ranked Redd as the top high school player in the state in 2009 and he was selected to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
In addition, Rivals had the Norwalk native ranked as the No. 4 running back in the country while Scout.com had him as the No. 7 running back.
He helped lead his team to a 16-2 record during his final two years of high school. He gained 1,924 yards during his senior season. Even more impressive was his 14.0 average yards per attempt.
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