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Kiffin reportedly meets with Penn State player

LOS ANGELES – University of Southern California football coach Lane Kiffin, who reportedly visited Silas Redd in Connecticut on Thursday, isn’t the only Trojan recruiting the Penn State running back.

Quarterback Max Wittek grew up in Connecticut and played Pop Warner football with Redd, who has been the object of Kiffin’s desire since Monday, when the NCAA hit Penn State with sanctions that allow Nittany Lions players to transfer without penalty.

Wittek, a redshirt freshman, said Thursday that he phoned Redd after the sanctions were announced and probably would call him again.

Meantime, Kiffin stepped up his pursuit.

ESPN, citing an unnamed source, reported that Kiffin met with Redd for three hours. Attempts to reach Kiffin for comment were unsuccessful – the coach said this week he would not talk about players other than USC’s – but Redd and members of his family are expected to visit USC as early as this weekend, according to several reports.

Redd rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns in 244 carries last season.