Though Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden and linebacker Khairi Fortt were connected to transfers to LSU and Cal, respectively, nothing was confirmed officially on the matters as of last night.
Consider that changed.
Fortt confirmed to Dave Ruden of the Stamford Advocate that he would be transferring to the Golden Bears, perhaps as soon as Sunday.
“Coach O’Brien and his staff have brought a whole new energy. It has been a great 7 months,” Fortt told Ruden. They have improved the intensity a lot. It’s just unfortunate I have a different route I have to take. This is no disrespect to them or a reflection on Coach O’Brien.”
Fortt’s father also confirmed the move to ESPN’s Joe Schad. Fortt played in every game for the Nittany Lions last year and had 33 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
“When the NCAA gave Khairi the opportunity to transfer in this instance, he and his family decided to take a look at our program,” Cal coach Jeff Tedford said in a prepared statement. “We are excited to welcome him to the Cal family.”
Likewise, Bolden was at LSU today, Les Miles confirmed in a press conference. The one-time starter for PSU has been looking into a transfer long before the NCAA handed down sanctions on the athletic program.
The junior will have two years of eligibility remaining.