July 30, 2012 at 4:18 PM
After a visit to Southern California's campus, Silas Redd is leaning toward transferring to the school, according to ESPN's Joe Schad.
Redd, a junior running back at Penn State, met with USC coach Lane Kiffin last Thursday in Redd's home state of Connecticut before flying across the country to visit USC's campus in Los Angeles, according to an ESPN report.
If Redd decides to stay at Penn State, he would be Penn State's best returning offensive weapon, as he rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games last season. ESPN's report noted Redd would likely meet with Penn State coach Bill O'Brien before announcing his future plans.
Penn State players are allowed to transfer to any school without penalty of sitting out a year after the NCAA levied heavy sanctions against the school a week ago.
In an effort to persuade Redd to remain a Nittany Lion, many Penn State fans are taking to Twitter and using the hashtag #StaySilas. The hashtag is picking up some steam as Thursday afternoon wears on.
In other Penn State running back news, Bill Belton announced via Twitter today he is changing his jersey number to No. 1. A sophomore, Belton was originally No. 5, but decided to switch since quarterback Rob Bolden — who used to wear No. 1 — is no longer on Penn State's roster.