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Golden Nuggets: Jeff Tedford Welcomes Khairi Fortt to Cal

It's a great week for the Cal defense: Khairi Fortt is the second linebacker joining the Bears this week after it was announced that Cecil Whiteside has returned to the team. On the eve of fall camp, Tedford is excited to welcome a new member to the team.

"When the NCAA gave Khairi the opportunity to transfer in this instance, he and his family decided to take a look at our program," Tedford said. "We are excited to welcome him to the Cal family."

Fortt, a 6-foot-2, 238-pounder, was expected to compete for the starting middle linebacker job at Penn State this fall. He said the decision became clear after his campus visit last weekend.

"They took me around and I connected with those guys very well," Fortt said. "They seem like great people. The environment there is fantastic and I got a good vibe from going out there."

Fortt will be eligible to play immediately at Cal as current Penn State players are being allowed to transfer without sitting out a year in the wake of NCAA santions against the Nittany Lions following the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal.

Cal begins training camp Saturday.

Fortt , an ESPN top-150 recruit out of high school. said he nearly chose Cal over Penn State at that time, but decided to stay closer to home.

As the players report for camp this weekend, hopefully we get an update on how Fortt's knee is progressing. It is unclear whether or not he will redshirt this season.