Penn State LB Fortt transfers to Cal

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Penn State linebacker Khairi Fortt is transferring to Cal, becoming the fourth player to leave the program in the past four days.

Fortt, a junior competing for the starting middle linebacker job at Penn State, was rumored to be joining the Golden Bears early Monday, but his father denied Fortt planned to transfer. Fortt said Wednesday his decision was about his future, not about Penn State's past.

"I wanted to take a leap of faith and trust in God," Fortt told the Stamford (Conn.) Advocate. "This is what's right for me and my family."

Cal uses mostly a 3-4 defensive front but Fortt, 6-2, 235, should be a good fit in the scheme. In his two best games last season, Fortt got a chance to blitz and produced 2.5 total sacks against Iowa and Houston (TicketCity Bowl).

Junior running back Silas Redd, the team's leading rusher in 2011 and arguably Penn State's most accomplished playmaker on offense, announced Tuesday he was transferring to Southern Cal.

Most incoming recruits have affirmed their commitment to coach Bill O'Brien despite prohibitive sanctions levied by the NCAA that will reduce scholarships and keep the Nittany Lions out of the postseason for the next four seasons.

Junior tight end Kevin Haplea is planning to join Florida State and safety Tim Buckley, the first player to transfer, landed at North Carolina State.

Four-star defensive lineman Jamil Pollard switched his commitment Wednesday to Rutgers from Penn State. He signed a letter of intent with Penn State in February.
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