Silas Redd Declares He Will Officially Transfer to USC

Joey HollandCorrespondent IIJuly 31, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 15:  Silas Redd #25 of the Penn State Nittany Lions carries the ball against the Purdue Boilermakers during the game on October 15, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Silas Redd has finally made his decision.

According to ESPN's Joe Schad, the former Penn State running back will play for USC in 2012.

Considering that the Penn State football program was hit hard last week with sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including a $60 million fine and a four-year bowl ban, Redd's decision is not too surprising.

According to Schad, the junior running back even hinted that he was leaning toward transferring after visiting USC and spending time with quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods earlier this week.  

Obviously, the loss of its starting running back is a big hit to an already devastated Penn State team. Redd posted 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground last season as a sophomore and was arguably the Nittany Lions' best offensive weapon.

Due to the unprecedented conditions of these sanctions, the NCAA has declared that Penn State players can transfer and still be immediately eligible to play. With two years of eligibility left, Redd will join running back Curtis McNeal in USC's backfield and make an already loaded Trojan offense even more lethal in 2012.