StateCollege.com is reporting that Penn State junior tailback Silas Redd met with USC coach Lane Kiffin for three hours up in Connecticut today. ESPN reports that “it went really well.” Redd’s decision could come as early as Monday, after a trek to California.
Meanwhile, double-threat junior kicker Anthony Fera has been in touch with Texas. His home town is Cypress, Texas.
Redd’s probably leaving out of self preservation. He got beaten up pretty bad last year and he won’t play every down at USC . Plus, he may wind up playing for a national championship there.
You can expect the defection rate to be highest with the juniors and sophomores. The seniors really have no place to go. They won’t be able to learn their new team’s schemes and terminology by the beginning of September. and they won’t want to spend half of their final year of eligibility sitting on the bench. The freshman were recruited by BOB and are probably willing to stay for a year to learn from him. They also have a better chance to get playing time now.
The real test is going to be the number of underclassmen staying after the end of the fall semester. The anger and “us against the world” mentality will be hard to maintain for more than one season.
The Nittany Turkey says
Redd gets a bowl game, at least. Fera gets to be closer to his dog.
Teams that have a hole to fill could conceivably go after seniors, defensive linemen, perhaps. I agree with your analysis for the most part.
You brought up an interesting point with the post-fall transfers. I was thinking somewhat the same the other day when I considered the effect of a kick-ass positive outlook on game outcomes. That kind of team chemistry is a volatile thing, particularly when they’re going to be beaten up by the media each week. But victories can be intoxicating and addictive, so I’m hoping the guys have lots of fun out there. Perhaps they’ll want to stick around for more.