Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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The USC Trojans are still pursuing Penn State’s Silas Redd, who hasn’t decided to leave Happy Valley for Hollywood, despite early reports that the tailback has committed to USC.

Penn State running back Silas Redd is considering transferring to USC.

The Trojans were the first to publicly announce interest in a Penn State player after the NCAA hit the Nittany Lions with heavy sanctions, while allowing current players to transfer without losing eligibility.

Redd, a junior, was a second-team all-Big 10 selection last season, rushing for 1,241 yards and 7 touchdowns.

He reportedly met with USC head coach Lane Kiffin for about three hours on Thursday, with USC pulling out all the stops, including PowerPoint presentations and video clips, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad.

Redd plans to travel to California with his father and brother to visit the school this weekend. On Thursday night, Redd’s father, Silas Sr., said that rumors his son had already decided to transfer were “misinformation.”

Reports suggest that Redd is understandably interested at the chance to potentially play for a national championship, but that he’s always wanted to play for Penn State and may stay for his teammates, to help the Penn State program through the tough times ahead.

If he does decide to transfer, he would give USC much-needed depth at running back. As the roster stands now, only Curtis McNeal, the Trojans’ leading rusher from 2011, has significant experience. Redshirt sophomore D.J. Morgan was the starter at the beginning of last season, but fumbling issues, and McNeal’s success, cost him significant playing time. The only other roster tailback is redshirt sophomore Buck Allen.

At Wednesday’s Pac-12 Media Day, Kiffin said in his opening statement that running back is the team’s biggest need heading into the 2012 season.

Concerned with depth at the position, USC experimented with moving sophomore linebacker Tre Madden to running back during spring practices. The experiment seemed to be a success until Madden went down with a season-ending knee injury.

Before Redd became available, USC’s other option was moving freshman Nelson Agholor from wide receiver to tailback – doable, but not what the Trojans or Agholor had in mind.

Because current Penn State players and commits are exempt from normal NCAA transfer rules, Redd will have two years of eligibility remaining, although he could enter the NFL draft at the end of this season.

USC is currently at its scholarship limit so for Redd to transfer, the Trojans would need a player to become ineligible, or would need a walk-on to give up his scholarship.

Per the NCAA’s guidelines for schools accepting Penn State transfers, schools not facing sanctions of their own can exceed the normal 85-man limit provided they compensate for it by playing under the limit the following season.

The exception does not apply to USC, because the school is still serving NCAA sanctions from the Reggie Bush case.

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