It has been a long, bumpy two weeks for USC in it’s pursuit of him, but the Trojans are finally seeing Redd.
Silas, that is.
The Penn State running back announced his decision to transfer to USC on Monday, coming on the heels of his weekend visit to the campus. While in LA, he visited with USC QB Matt Barkley and WR Robert Woods, who reportedly embraced him and welcomed him to the Trojan family. Upon his departure, ESPN’s Joe Schad said that Redd really enjoyed himself and was a “solid lean” to transfer, and that Bill O’Brien would be fighting an uphill battle to get him to stay.
Apparently, Schad was correct:
— Dave Ruden (@DaveRuden) July 31, 2012
The recruitment process for Redd has been well-documented and came with plenty of ups and downs and speculation. First it was reported he was considering transferring. Then he wasn’t. Then, he didn’t show up at a meeting on Penn State’s practice field when players reaffirmed their commitment to the school. Then he was leaning towards USC, if he was indeed to transfer. Then some sources said that Bill O’Brien and his staff were “100-percent sure” Redd would be staying with the team. Then, because of Torrodney Prevot’s commit, some thought there was no way he could come to USC because they had no scholarship available to give him. While all of this went on Redd kept mum on the subject, giving no indication to the media of his intentions either way.
Penn State fans even created a #StaySilas hash tag, appealing to the running back to stay with the team. However, it would seem the lure of championship possibilities is stronger than pleasing a fan base.
Hours before Redd announced that he would transfer to USC, he either deleted or made his Twitter account private, a decision that came with insinuations of its own.
@scottenyeart: Silas Redd has deleted his twitter, didnt attend practice & is meeting w/ O’Brien today
— Trenise Ferreira✌ (@just_Trenise) July 31, 2012
— Onward State (@OnwardState) July 31, 2012
In spite of all the soap opera-esque moments involved in the Penn State-Silas Redd-USC triangle, Redd is going to suit up in cardinal and gold this fall. There are still some questions as to where exactly Redd’s scholarship is going to come from, but that will likely be sorted out once he is situated in LA.