By now, you should be aware that Penn State running back Silas Redd is strongly considering a transfer to USC. He met with the Trojan’s head coach Lane Kiffin in his hometown on Thursday and plans on flying to Los Angeles this weekend to visit the campus.
Some other Penn State players are also considering leaving the Nittany Lions for new opportunities. One of the big names is junior linebacker Khairi Fortt, who is reportedly visiting Cal this weekend. His father says he has about a dozen offers, including Washington and Florida State, among others. Fortt left Spring camp listed as a co-starter at middle linebacker with Glenn Carson.
OT Ryan Nowicki was one of the first names that came up as a potential transfer candidate. Illinois seemed to be the original destination, but reports are that he has visited, or intends to visit Washington and Arizona State, as well. He’s an Arizona native, so moving home could make ASU the favorite here. Regardless, Ryan is one of the players that would be a logical transfer. As a redshirt freshman, he would not play in a single bowl and he third on the Penn State depth chart, at best. An opportunity for snaps is probably enticing.
Rob Bolden was the first guy that popped into most fans heads as a player who would transfer. He tried to transfer as a freshman, but Joe Paterno blocked it. Last summer, there were rumors that he was considering it again, but he stuck around and played plenty, if not too many, snaps as a true sophomore. With the former offensive staff having all been replace, Bolden left spring as the third string QB. Rumor is that LSU is interested. While that may seem shocking on the surface, keep in mind that Rob scored more touchdowns against Alabama last year than the entire LSU team could muster in 2+ games. He may be the secret weapon.
I’ve heard that Bolden is not the only quarterback on the fence. Redshirt sophomore and backup PJ Jones is said to have over twenty offers and is reportedly torn. He would likely be the starter for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, but that is far from guaranteed. If he stays and for some reason does not earn the starting gig, he may regret not leaving for playing time when he had the chance. Penn State has stuck by Jones through a lot so far and many of the fans are in his corner. With Matt McGloin and freshman Steven Bench as the only two quarterbacks who have declared they are staying, PJ becomes important, for depth, if nothing else.
UPDATE: PAUL HAS ANNOUNCED HE IS STAYING.