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Silas Redd’s transfer to USC may push other players to leave Penn State

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The Penn State transfer floodgates are officially open.

After running back Silas Redd announced his decision to leave the Nittany Lions for potential national champion USC, several other players have followed him out the door and others have one foot out.

Linebacker Khairi Fortt, who said he would wait until the weekend before making his future playing decision, announced he was leaving State College for Cal. Fortt, a junior, had 33 tackles, six for loss and 2.5 sacks last year and was a co-starter on the Penn State depth chart.

Defensive tackle Jamil Pollard, who was one of the gems of the 2012 recruiting class, has decided to go to Rutgers.

Prior to Redd's announcement, reserve redshirt freshman safety Tim Buckley bolted for N.C. State and backup quarterback Rob Bolden was released from his scholarship. Bolden officially enrolled at LSU, making him the second player to join a team with national championship potential.

And all the movement has caused another key player to take stock of his football future. Receiver Justin Brown told Rivals.com site SoonerScoop.com that he's received interest from Oklahoma. Brown was Penn State's second-leading receiver last year with 35 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns. Oklahoma is in dire need of some experience at receiver after suspensions and academic issues have left the Sooners with just one receiver with a collegiate catch (Kenny Stills).

Losing Brown would be a huge blow to Penn State's chances to be competitive this year and might cause even more players to transfer. Redd was basically the entire running game and Brown is the best offensive target the Nittany Lions have left.

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