Five days away from the start of practice, and the Penn State transfer situation is starting to clarify a little. We now know that at least six* players will not be playing for the Nittany Lions. They are:
*This post has been updated to refect the recent report on Fortt
1. Tim Buckley - Walk-on safety who redshirted last year. He's going to North Carolina State.
2. Silas Redd - Redd, as has been heavily publicized, will be going to USC. The loss of Redd matters more than any of the other current transfers combined.
3. Rob Bolden - Finally he's gone. It really does seem that way. Bolden wanted to transfer all the way back to January 2011 when Joe Paterno refused to release him from his scholarship. Unlike the rest of these players, he actually was granted permission to speak with other teams before the sanctions. Let's hope for the best for Bolden at LSU, where he's reportedly going to practice today.
4. Kevin Haplea - Junior tight end who has played in every game since his true freshman season but only caught three passes each of the last two years. Reportedly going to Florida State.
5. Jamil Pollard - Pollard would have been a freshman defensive tackle and likely a candidate for a redshirt. He has transferred to Rutgers, per NJ.com, closer to home. Pollard would have been a fun player to watch, particularly given his backstory, told beautifully a few months ago by the Post-Gazette's Brady McCollough.
6. Khairi Fortt - Fortt has transferred to Cal this morning, according to Dave Ruden of the Stamford Advocate (Fortt's hometown paper in Connecticut). A linebacker, Fortt had 33 tackles and 2.5 sacks playing in every game last season. He's been recovering from a knee injury and might not be healthy enough to play this year.
Otherwise, all is relatively quiet on the transfer front, at least for significant players. Expect anyone who decides to transfer to do so before the start of practice. If a player begins practicing with Penn State, he has to play for Penn State this year. After this week, it's doubtful any other players will transfer until the end of the season.
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