Former Penn State running back Silas Redd issued a lengthy text statement surrounding the announcement of his intent to transfer to USC. The star running back indicated how tough the past week has been, as he went back-and-forth on his decision to stay in Happy Valley or head to Los Angeles. Lane Kiffin and the Trojans' coaching staff clearly put the full-court press on Redd, and in the end he decided that a move to USC was the right decision for his future.
In his statement, Redd was effusive in his praise for the Nittany Lion football family and fan base, expressing his deep gratitude as he fulfilled a lifetime dream to play for PSU. Here's another snippet of his statement, which cited some of his reasoning for transferring, via Dave Ruden of the Stamford Advocate:
We have weighed the pros and cons of staying at Penn State and leaving Penn State, attending USC and not attending USC, and I can honestly say that, ultimately, this decision is about so much more than football. I continue to have aspirations for my life, and as my family and I considered the bigger picture - both on and off the field - it became clearer to me that USC will be the best fit for my academic, athletic, and personal needs over the next two years. I look forward to future successes, and to the continued support of everyone around me.
You can read the complete statement here.