Penn State linebacker Fortt transferring to Cal

Linebacker Khairi Fortt and backup quarterback Rob Bolden became the latest players to transfer from Penn State on Wednesday.

Fortt, a junior, is headed to Cal, while Bolden landed at LSU.

Fortt, expected to compete 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, however, confirmed the move Wednesday, saying 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-foot-2, 235 pounds, 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).

Cal opens the season on Sept. 1 against Nevada in the newly refurbished Memorial Stadium after spending last season at AT&T Park.

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.

— The Sports Xchange via Reuters

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