Silas Redd: Recruiting the PSU Back May Have Led to an NCAA Violation for USC

Joey HollandCorrespondent IIJuly 29, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12:  Silas Redd #25 of the Penn State Nittany Lions carries the ball against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the game on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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It looks like going after Penn State running back Silas Redd may cost Lane Kiffin and USC more than they had hoped.

According to, the Trojans may have committed a secondary NCAA violation while recruiting Redd. 

Backup quarterback Max Wittek was quoted in the L.A. Times on Friday, saying that he had spoken with Redd. 

"I told him I was sorry to hear about everything that came down and that it was obviously a difficult situation," Wittek told the paper. "But I tried to sell USC to him a little bit. I'd love to have him here."

"He said thanks for reaching out, that he was definitely interested and was just trying to take the right steps to decide what he was going to do."

Wittek played Pop Warner football with Redd, so it is understandable that he would want the Penn State running back to join him at USC. Nonetheless, players are not allowed to comment on recruits to the media. Therefore, his words may result in a secondary NCAA violation. 

While a secondary violation likely won't warrant a big punishment, USC should be a little bit more careful while recruiting Redd. Lane Kiffin was particularly cautious during Pac-12 media days, declaring that he could not talk about recruits.

While many student athletes don't know about this minor rule, it seems like Kiffin would have made it more clear to his players that they can't publicly talk about Redd to the media, especially considering how valuable the Penn State running back could be.