Penn State’s best player, running back Silas Redd, will transfer to USC for the 2012 season. Because the NCAA is permitting any and every player on the Nittany Lions roster to transfer without having to sit out a year, Redd will officially join forces with Matt Barkley, Robert Woods and the rest of what is now inarguably the best offense in the Pac-12 immediately.
"We welcome Silas Redd to the Trojan Family," USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a 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."
Redd rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and he'll fit perfectly into an offense that was one reliable running option away from best really, really scary.
Huge blow for Penn State – big pick-up for USC.