|Former Penn State running back Silas Redd has decided to transfer to USC. (US Presswire)|
Penn State running back Silas Redd will transfer from Penn State and join the USC football program, where he will be eligible to play for the Trojans immediately.
Dave Ruden, of the Stamford Advocate, and Desmond Conner, of the Hartford Courant, both confirmed the news within minutes of each other on Tuesday afternoon. Redd reportedly made his decision official via a text message statement. Redd is a Norwalk, Conn. native and was rated by Rivals.com as the top player in the state in 2009.
Below is a copy of the text message he sent to the media:
This has obviously been a very busy, emotionally draining week for me and my family. 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.
The Penn State community – including the Nittany Lions' unbelievable fan base – has also been a huge part of my incredible experience over the past two years. I have grown tremendously as a person and a player at Penn State, and the support of the community and our fans has been a big part of the reason why. I also want to extend my thanks to the media, who have embraced me and my family over my entire football career, even before I began at the college level. I think it is important to say that this situation is not something that I wished for myself, but it has happened, nonetheless. My family and I have spent many hours in recent days trying to decide what will be best for me as I look to the future – both personally and professionally.
We have weighed the pros and cons of staying at Penn State and leaving Penn State, attending USC and not attending USC, and I can honestly say that, ultimately, this decision is about so much more than football. I continue to have aspirations for my life, and as my family and I considered the bigger picture – both on and off the field – it became clearer to me that USC will be the best fit for my academic, athletic, and personal needs over the next two years. I look forward to future successes, and to the continued support of everyone around me.
Silas Redd Jr.
Redd is exercising his option to leave the program and be immediately eligible to compete in 2012 - one of the terms of Penn State's sanctions imposed by the NCAA. The junior running back will have two years of eligibility with the Trojans, and will likely have the opportunity to start immediately for the preseason Pac-12 favorites.
"We welcome Silas Redd to the Trojan Family," said athletic director Pat Haden in an official statement. "He is an outstanding student and athlete. When the NCAA presented the option to transfer, Silas and his family put a lot of thought and research into making this decision.
"At USC, we've seen both sides of this issue, having lost a number of players to transfer due to our NCAA sanctions in 2010. But Lane Kiffin and his coaches would not be doing their job if they did not try to improve our team every single day. There is a specific need here for a player like Silas Redd, so Lane and our coaches recruited him within the guidelines set up in this instance by the NCAA."
As a sophomore, Redd ran for 100+ yards in five consecutive games on the way to a 1,241 yard season and Second Team All-Big Ten honors. As a stipulation of the NCAA sanctions on USC, the Trojans are not permitted to exceed their reduced scholarship count of 75. In order to make room for Redd, one player will need to be released from their aid agreement. It is likely that a player could be deemed academically ineligible, or a walk on could give up his scholarship so Redd can join the program.