Penn State RB Silas Redd will transfer to USC
While the Penn State football roster takes its biggest post-sanction hit, it’s the sanctioned Trojans of USC that will gain. One week after meeting with coaches and taking a visit to the Southern California campus, running back Silas Redd has announced his intention to transfer to the west coast program.
Redd led the Nittany Lions in rushing (1,241 yards) as a sophomore in 2011, and loses 4 of 5 offensive linemen for the 2012 season. In the aftermath of the Sandusky cover-up, the NCAA laid sanctions on the Penn State football program, one of which allows players to transfer without penalty. The Connecticut native immediately made the most of that opportunity, quickly engaging USC coaches and scheduling a weekend trip to the Pacific coast.
”It became clearer to me that USC will be the best fit for my academic, athletic, and personal needs over the next two years.”–Silas Redd
What Redd will gain in Los Angeles is an offensive line ranked among the best in the country. He also gets a quarterback on the Heisman watch-list, along with two receivers with names appearing for the Biletnikoff Award. It seats a running back at a table set for success, with defenses forced to focus on slowing a prolific aerial attack, which allows runners to feast on opportunity. He also joins a hungry team that is postseason eligible for the first time in two years, and a national championship contender that will appear in the top-5 of every preseason poll.
USC gains much needed depth in the backfield. It was prepared to enter this fall with Curtis McNeal and D.J. Morgan as its primary ball carriers, with no experience behind them. What the Trojans lose is a scholarship, meaning someone will have to sacrifice to allow the new addition.
As a result of NCAA sanctions, USC will have to clear a scholarship from a limited 75-player roster to make room for the incoming running back. This can be achieved by stripping a former walk-on of his gift or if a player fails to academically qualify.