LOS ANGELES — USC Coach Lane Kiffin, who reportedly visited Silas Redd in Connecticut on Thursday, isn't the only Trojan recruiting the Penn State running back.

LOS ANGELES — USC 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 from Santa Ana Mater Dei High, said Thursday that he phoned Redd after the sanctions were announced and probably would call him again Thursday night.

"I told him I was sorry to hear about everything that came down and that it was obviously a difficult situation," Wittek said. "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."

Redd rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns in 244 carries last season and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection.

Illinois reportedly had eight assistant coaches in State College, Pa., on Wednesday to meet with Penn State players.