Report: Penn State RB Silas Redd meeting with USC on Thursday

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

One very notable face was missing from the group of Penn State players who pledged their commitment to the program on Wednesday. Junior running back Silas Redd was thought to be absent from the group while on the way to Big Ten media days in Chicago. Three Nittany Lions will be in attendance at the event, but Redd will not be one of them.'s Joe Schad and Colin Cowherd are reporting that Redd is absent from Big Ten media days because he is meeting with Southern California coach Lane Kiffin. The Trojans have been a popular potential landing spot for the star running back since the NCAA announced the transfer rules for current Penn State players.

As recently as yesterday it was reported that Penn State would not bring players to meet the media in Chicago, but John Urschel and Jordan Hill arrived as scheduled. Senior linebacker Michael Mauti -- one of the primary speakers in Wednesday's team statment -- is a substitution for Redd.

Redd's father told the Hartford Courant on Tuesday that his son "is a student-athlete at Penn State University, period." However, he stated earlier that Redd had not made up his mind as to if he will transfer -- but the family would support his decision either way.

Redd could be a huge boost for an already potent Trojans offense, joining Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, and Marqise Lee to highlight one of the most star-studded units in the country. Redd earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors after running for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011.'s Dennis Dodd and Tom Fornelli are on the ground in Chicago. Follow them for all the latest throughout the event. (@dennisdoddcbs, @TomFornelli)

Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the opening kick of the year all the way through the offseason, has you covered with thisdaily newsletter. View apreview.

Get College Football updates on Facebook

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre

College Football Video

July 31, 2015
Big 10 Media Days: Day 1 recap (2:11)
July 31, 2015
Big 10 Media Days: Ohio State suspensions
July 30, 2015
Urban Meyer will coach Braxton Miller, won't name QB
July 30, 2015
Pac 12 Media Days: Fans in stadiums to see same replays as officials


Most Popular Shop

Men's Nike Charcoal Denver Broncos Training Camp Performance T-Shirt

NFL Training Camp Gear
Get your favorite team
Shop Now