Penn State star running back Silas Redd is strongly leaning toward transferring to Southern Cal, according to ESPN.com.
Redd left Los Angeles on Monday after spending lots of time with Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods over the weekend, according to sources.
Penn State’s leading rusher last season, Redd likely will meet in person with Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien, the sources said.
The NCAA has said players can transfer from Penn State and be eligible immediately after unprecedented sanctions were handed down against the school in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Redd, who has two years of eligibility remaining, ran for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Redd will sit down with his family Monday night to discuss a potential transfer and could announce his decision as early as Tuesday afternoon, two sources close to Redd told ESPN.com’s Josh Moyer.
Backup Penn State safety Tim Buckley became the first player to transfer from Penn State Monday.
North Carolina State released a statement announcing that Buckley, a North Carolina native, would join the Wolfpack for the team’s first practice Tuesday.
The former walk-on redshirted last season at Penn State, so he’ll have four years of eligibility left.
ARKANSAS STATE: A state trooper who found marijuana and a gun in a car driven by Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer offered to call his coach even though he worried about “NCAA crap” and other fallout, according to video of a traffic stop released Monday.
Arkansas State Police released the 58-minute video and said it had completed an internal investigation into the March 10 stop. It released no details about the investigation, saying it involved personnel matters almost certainly tied to the actions of Trooper Royce Denney.
Dyer was ticketed for going 96 mph in a 70 mph zone, though audio and video from the stop indicate that either Dyer or an unidentified female were in possession of marijuana and a gun. Denney can be heard on the video talking at length with Dyer about how he should handle the incident.
“What if I talk to (coach) Gus Malzahn, or however you say his name?” Denney asks at one point. “I really don’t want to tell him about this because of the NCAA crap. I know there’s a lot of stuff that goes on behind closed doors between coaches and players. I’m still in a predicament, even if I talk to coach.”
Denney also berates Dyer for having a gun, saying “You don’t need it. If you think it makes you look cool, you’re stupid.”
“It pisses me off that someone of your stature and your ability does this kind of stupid (expletive),” Denney adds.