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He added the low number of transfers was “a great testament to Bill O'Brien, and the kind of person he is, the kind of coach he is and the kind of players these are overall.

“This team has a lot of unity.”

But it won’t have Redd. Sophomore Bill Belton, a converted wideout, is next on the Penn State depth chart, and that could prove to be a roadblock as O'Brien tries to transform the offense on the fly.

Out west, Redd joins a team that finished 10-2 and No. 6 in the final AP poll last season despite its own NCAA sanctions _ bowl ineligibility and a smaller roster. After Barkley and safety T.J. McDonald decided in December to return for their senior years, USC signed a top-flight recruiting class led by elite quarterback prospect Max Browne.

Redd could make the Trojans even better.

“We welcome Silas Redd to the Trojan Family,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement. “He is an outstanding student and athlete.”

USC had been sanctioned for rules violations committed during the 2004 and `05 seasons.

“At USC, we’ve seen both sides of this issue, having lost a number of players to transfer due to our NCAA sanctions in 2010. But Lane Kiffin and his coaches would not be doing their job if they did not try to improve our team every single day,” Haden said. “There is a specific need here for a player like Silas Redd, so Lane and our coaches recruited him within the guidelines set up in this instance by the NCAA.”

An early-morning rally and last-minute social media campaign couldn’t keep Redd from leaving Penn State. He took a weekend visit to USC before delivering the news to Nittany Lions coaches at the team headquarters _ about 12 hours after Tuesday’s “Rise and Rally” community event to rouse the players at morning workouts.

Penn State said later Tuesday that tight end Kevin Haplea was also no longer with the team. It was unclear where the junior, who started one game last year, was headed. Backup safety Tim Buckley, a former walk-on, was the first player to leave Penn State in the wake of the sanctions. He joined North Carolina State this week.

And then, there is the case of Bolden, the former starting quarterback, who pondered leaving last year, as well. LSU has shown an interest in Bolden, yet he has not chosen a new destination.

Most players interviewed after the rally and voluntary workout said they hoped Redd and others would stick around, but would honor their decisions regardless.

“Each player came here for different reasons and with different objectives,” tight end Garry Gilliam said. “When it comes down to it, I’d like them to stay, but if they don’t, I’ll respect their decisions.”

Linebacker Khairi Fortt _ like Redd, a junior from Connecticut _ has considered Cal, Florida State and Kansas, his father, Guy confirmed in an email to The Associated Press. The Stamford Advocate first reported details of Fortt’s recruitment.

The younger Fortt, a top reserve for Penn State, liked his visit to Cal but loves his Nittany Lions coaches, his father said. His decision could come Wednesday.

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