It looks like Penn State and USC are going to find another bizarre connection via their various sanctions and prohibitions. Starting running back Silas Reed is taking a deep look at the Pac-12 champion favorites and could make a decision to move West.
Redd, Penn State's leading rusher last season, is considering the Trojans because of the perceived opportunity to compete for a championship. USC is pointing to a high number of recent freshman All-Americans as evidence Redd can pick up the system quickly.
Staying at Penn State and then entering the NFL draft after one year is still an option for Redd, and the most likely one if he chooses against joining USC, sources said.
Other than the issues of whether Aundrey Walker can protect the blind side, running back was the biggest concern for USC, who literally run probably one tailback deep. It's Curtis McNeal and a bunch of unknowns (the mercurial D.J. Morgan and the green Javorious Allen). Redd suddenly makes USC look very strong at almost every position that matters in the Pac-12, and a Redd-McNeal combo is as good and potent a counter as you can find for the rest of the conference to try and stymie.
Redd might have to accept a smaller role at USC as opposed to being the feature back in Penn State, which might be tough to swallow. However, the offense should be comfortable for Redd to digest, as it is pro-style and zone-blocking oriented. Redd brings a more physical running style that could be very useful against defenses that don't have the strength to bring him down, although it's possible the speed could also give him trouble. However, given the schematic similarities with regards to the run offense, it wouldn't be a terrifying transition even if fall camp for USC is only a few days away.
Redd has cancelled his appearance at Big Ten Media Day and is probably meeting with Lane Kiffin as we speak. Where there's smoke, there's Tommy Trojan riding high, ready to close the deal.