As the NCAA released news that Penn State's current players, everyone from fifth-year seniors to incoming freshmen, were eligible to transfer without missing a season, the run on Penn State players—including star Silas Redd—has begun.
As Bruce Feldman, over at CBS Sports reported on Monday:
Several programs CBSSports.com contacted Monday said they will be faxing over lists of names of Nittany Lions they are interested in recruiting. After that, they will try and connect with the player, either directly if they had a previous relationship via the recruiting process, or through the player's high school coach. Incoming freshmen will be released from their letters of intent, so even if they used up all five of their official visits, they will be able to take five more official visits, according to the email.
Folks are gunning for the Nittany Lions, and with the offer of bowl hopes, continued success and escaping the black cloud hanging over State College, Pennsylvania, the push to leave makes sense for young and older players.
The most notable player in the transfer sweepstakes has been the aforementioned running back Redd—a second-team All-Big Ten player that posted 1,241 yards in 2011 as he joined Marcus Coker and Rex Burkhead as "the other guys" behind Montee Ball in the conference.
Redd is the cornerstone to the Penn State offense in 2012 and the only returning piece that truly worries the opposition's defensive coordinators. Now, the stud running back is being targeted by a team with not just a bowl future, but a shot at a national title.
From ESPN's College Football Insider, Joe Schad: "USC has notified Penn State of its interest in running back Silas Redd."
If you're a USC fan, get excited. This could be a major piece to grab if the running back is interested. Curtis McNeal is a quality running back, and he and Redd would be two very solid pieces to have as options in the Trojans backfield.
In McNeal, Lane Kiffin already has a tough running back who is not afraid of contact and is capable of running through arm tackles before getting loose on the edge to get into the end zone.
Going forward, if the Trojans can land Redd, they would have the ability to work both backs into the game, saving legs, saving reps and wearing down defenses with Redd's physically punishing style. For those that have not seen him play, he does not shy from contact; in many cases, he seems to relish the physicality.
This situation will be one to watch, as Redd being injected into the roster would help with depth on a team that is going to need all the extra bodies they can muster.
If Kiffin can make it work, numbers-wise, then adding Redd makes total sense. As he is set to head to Big Ten media days, it will be interesting to hear how Redd responds to questions over his future and whether or not he'll look to jump ship for his final season.