Late Saturday night, TheSchoolPhilly.com reported that the coaches were 100% sure Redd was coming back to Penn State. Fast forward about 20 hours and the story has finally been confirmed…by TheSchoolPhilly.com.
“That is what the coaches are saying,” the source said. “I am confident Redd will stay at Penn State now.”
It seems strange that no other source is reporting this information, as there are local guys at many of the media outlets who have coaches as “sources.” It seems like the news would be bigger, if true. That’s not to call anybody a liar…but just that the information is big enough that maybe we should wait for a confirmation from a second source before popping the champagne.
One reason to believe the report is that USC received its 18th and final verbal commitment of the 2013 class. That puts them at the limit they are riding at due to NCAA sanctions of their own.
However, there is a loophole. Trenise Ferreira of ReignOfTroy.com tells me that incoming 2012 freshman recruit Darreus Rodgers has not been academically cleared by the NCAA. If he is not cleared, Redd could count against last years class and would still be eligible to join the team. I’m not sure what the fate of Rodgers would be if he was then cleared to play at a later date. There could be something in there that would cause Redd to leave after his junior year to meet the limit. I’m struggling a bit to keep up with the moving parts surrounding other schools and their recruitment of Penn State players.
Regardless of the rules, it looks like the story of Redd and his possible transfer to USC is not completely over just yet. I would expect to know something final in the coming days.
UPDATE 7/30: Redd reportedly won’t make a decision today. Link Here
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