Former Penn State starting running back Silas Redd is now a member of the USC Trojans. He's set to fill the one semi-vacancy among Lane Kiffin's skill positions, and the month-long road to Week 1 has now begun.
Redd suited up for USC for the first time on Monday (there's photo evidence and everything), and Kiffin was pleased with his back's ability to pick up new concepts so far, which even included some special teams. Redd on the move:
"This is my new family now. They have great tradition ... so I was excited to suit up,'' Redd said.
He said his decision was between Penn State and USC. There were no other options. He eventually chose the Trojans because of what he called a "business decision.''
Receiver Justin Brown has made his way to Oklahoma, but has yet to lose his old team's colors (that there is a don't-hit-the-new-guy-yet jersey):
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Elsewhere, former Penn State tight end Kevin Haplea got in his first workout with Florida State, a school that recruited him hard out of high school. Jimbo Fisher was happy to find room for the "great student, great guy," but insisted he didn't re-recruit:
"He called us,'' Fisher said. "We did not go after any of the Penn State players and we're not going to.''
Florida State was one short of its 85-scholarship maximum when Haplea called.
"It was like getting a free agent,'' Fisher said. "We had cap room.''
Haplea has a big athletic body, can run and catch and has played in a lot of big-time games, Fisher said.
At Cal, linebacker transfer Khairi Fortt had to be a spectator during practice on Sunday, but has immediately picked up on a pretty drastic culture change between Berkeley and what has to be an especially dour State College:
"It seems like everybody's free spirited here, it's very diverse, everybody's cool about life," the 20-year-old Stamford, Conn., native said. "And it's a beautiful campus."
"I met him last night at the team meeting; he's a great guy," said LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is solidly entrenched as the starter. "You can tell he's really smart. There's a reason he started his freshman year under JoePa (Paterno). I'm looking forward to working with him. This team has really embraced him with open arms. He's part of the family now. Hopefully he's willing to come in and work like the rest of us."