UPDATE: LB KHAIRI FORTT IS TRANSFERRING TO CAL.
You’re probably aware by now that Silas Redd has decided to transfer to USC where he will finish his athletic career. There are a couple of other shifts taking place in the college landscape, as well.
Rob Bolden visited LSU and will indeed start camp with the Tigers today. He joins a QB depth chart that previously only had one player with actual playing experience. It’s hard to say if Bolden will be able to beat out the current redshirt freshman for the backup role but Penn Staters wish Bolden the best.
TE Kevin Haplea recently visited Florida State and has decided to transfer and play for the Seminoles. As far as depth, this isn’t a real blow. The Nittany Lions are deep at tight end and having freshman Jesse James as well as 2013 commit Adam Breneman on the way sets the position up for a few years to come.
Incoming freshman DT Jamil Pollard intends to enroll at Rutgers, as opposed to Penn State. Jamil committed last summer, then lost his offer due to academic reasons. He fought to earn it back, which he did, just weeks after Joe Paterno was fired. Pollard then committed to Penn State in late December, when Penn State had no real direction to speak of. This one comes as a bit of a shocker, as Jamil was admittedly a Penn State fan growing up. It’s also a blow because 2013 recruit Greg Webb decommitted just a couple weeks ago. That’s the loss of two young 4 star defensive tackles in a month’s time.
News came out of Norman last night that Oklahoma has some interest in WR Justin Brown. It’s tough to gauge how serious the conversations have been and it was noted that OU has “backed off” but the senior wideout did not write off a potential transfer. He is set to be Penn State’s leading returning receiver and is a player I expect to blossom under new WR coach Stan Hixon…provided he stays at Penn State.
A recruiting note worth mentioning, LB Zayd Issah, who is set to visit Penn State this weekend and make a decision, was offered by Oregon last night. I can tell you that his interest in Oregon before committing to Penn State was very high, as he is originally a west-coast guy. Zayd remains committed to Penn State, but this is a situation worth monitoring.
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