Penn State junior linebacker Khairi Fortt, who visited Cal over the weekend, apparently isn’t likely to transfer to home-state UConn.
That could move him one step closer to Berkeley.
Guy Fortt, the father of the Penn State linebacker, told the Stamford (Conn.) Advocate that Khairi has ruled out transferring to UConn.
“He just doesn’t want to be home,” Guy Fortt said. “He just doesn’t want to do it. He probably doesn’t want to be around me and my wife.”
Fortt’s father also told the paper that his son has not ruled out remaining at Penn State and very much likes the new coaching staff that has taken over in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal that led to the ouster of the legendary late coach Joe Paterno.
Guy Fortt said he expects his son to make a decision by mid-week. Baylor also is believed to still be in the running.
At Bay Area college football media day Monday, Cal coach Jeff Tedford addressed a question about the situation the only way he is allowed to do so — in very broad terms.
“We go to camp on Friday,” Tedford said, “so we should know by then if there’s any late additions to our football team.”
If Fortt decides to transfer anywhere, he would be eligible to play immediately. The NCAA, while leveling sanctions on Penn State, said players would be free to transfer without having to satisfy the usual requirement of sitting out one season.