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Silas Redd draws a crowd. Will he ditch Penn State for USC?

View Photo Gallery: Penn State running back Silas Redd is getting plenty of attention as a possible transfer student in the wake of NCAA sanctions handed PSU on Monday

As part of the penalties the NCAA handed down Monday, Penn State players are now essentially free agents, able to transfer to other schools without having to sit out a season.

Schools must first inform Penn State if they’re interested in a player and, less than 24 into this pigskin version of “Supermarket Sweep,” running back Silas Redd has drawn attention. USC, for one, has alerted Nittany Lions coaches that it is interested in Redd, ESPN reported.

Redd’s father told that there’s no decision yet about his son’s future. In response to a text, he replied, “Still sifting through it all!”

USC Coach Lane Kiffin declined to comment on Redd or any PSU players. “We cannot speak on any kids on their roster,” he said. “They are just like high school kids.”

Redd (5-9, 209 pounds) has two years of eligibility left and rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He played for King Low Heywood Thomas High School in Stamford, Conn., and the New York Daily News’ Mike Lupica writes that his dream was to play at Penn State.

Like many of his teammates, he’ll have to decide if that’s still the case now that a free-for-all is essentially underway. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden expects as much when it comes to recruiting at any time.

“Are you kiddin’ me? Are you kiddin’ me?” he said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” show. “That’s standard procedure. ‘Son, come to our school. We go to a bowl every year.’ ‘Son, come to our school. We’re not on probation.’ ”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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