Kansas Is Targeting Penn State Linebacker Khairi Fortt

Jul 24, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis speaks to reporters during Big 12 Media Day at the Westin Galleria. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas is looking to have Penn State linebacker Khairi Fortt join their team.

The Kansas Jayhawks are one of many teams who are going after the available players on the Penn St. Nittany Lions rosters. Specifically Kansas is reportedly interested in having junior linebacker Khairi Fortt join their team for the upcoming season.

Fortt said that he has been contacted by 30 to 40 schools since the news came out that Penn State players could transfer without penalty. Kansas has made the cut of final eight schools that he is interested in.

The junior linebacker would have two seasons to play and this past season he recorded 49 tackles, including 33 and three sacks; coming out of high school he was a top 150 recruit and was named to the U.S. Army All-American team.

Fortt's father, Guy Fortt, talked about the process they are going through in choosing a new school:

"He is torn, but I think he is doing his due diligence and evaluating his options."

"He has a lot of respect for (PSU coach) Bill O'Brien and his coaching staff," Fortt's father said. "But as of right now he really does not know what he is going to do. He is going to weigh his options this weekend and try to make a decision next week between Monday and Wednesday."

Wherever Fortt lands he would be able to step in right away and challenge for a starting linebacker spot.

This is the second Penn State player that Kansas has gone after, the other is defensive tackle Kyle Baublitz, but he ultimately decided to stay at Penn State.

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