Silas Redd is leaving Penn State and joining the USC Trojans, Silas Redd Sr. confirmed to ESPN.com.
Redd is the most high profile Nittany Lion football player to leave the program after the school in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Redd is eligible to transfer immediately without sitting out a season after Penn State was hit with unprecedented sanctions two weeks ago, including a four-year bowl ban.
Redd has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He ran for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and ran for more than 100 yards in five straight games in October. He was a second-team All-Big Ten pick. Earlier this year, he was named to the Walter Camp and Doak Walker awards watch lists.
Still, the majority of coach Bill O’Brien’s core players appear to be sticking with Penn State, determined to weather out what could be a stormy season after the NCAA meted out landmark punishments on the program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
O’Brien said at Big Ten media days last week in Chicago that more than 50 players have re-affirmed their commitment to Penn State, though he did expect some transfers. Two Class of 2013 recruits have de-committed over the last week, but six prospects visited O’Brien over the weekend before standing by their verbal commitments.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN: The College Sporting News Preseason FCS Football Poll ranked the Eagles third behind 2011 FCS National Championship Game participants North Dakota State and Sam Houston State.
Georgia Southern, who begins Fall Camp on Aug. 2, is coming off back-to-back FCS Semifinal appearances, their ninthSouthern Conference Title and an 11-3 season.
Season tickets for the upcoming 2012 season, which opens September 1st against Jacksonville, remain on sale through the Georgia Southern Athletic Ticket Office.