Fortt was projected to be the primary backup at middle linebacker for the Nittany Lions, after tallying 33 tackles in 13 games last season, with 6.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
The junior linebacker and his family had a prior relationship with the Bears from back when the 6-foot-2, 238-pound junior was being recruited out of Stamford (Conn.), and that was one of the reasons why Fortt and his family were the ones who approached Cal once sanctions were handed down by the NCAA, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Fortt -- if healthy -- should immediately enter into the discussion to start at inside linebacker for the Bears, along with fellow 2010 recruits Cecil Whiteside and Nick Forbes.
Fortt and his father were said to be "fired up" about the defense after a weekend visit, particularly because the Bears are in need of a smart, athletic inside linebacker.
Through a statement by his father Guy Fortt on Wednesday, Khairi said that he loved Cal when he visited when being recruited out of high school in Connecticut, and that he would miss Penn State.
Fortt had one summer school class left to attend in Happy Valley, and should be on campus in Berkeley just after the start of training camp, reporting on Sunday. Fortt was held out of spring camp with a knee injury which required surgery - a subluxation of his right kneecap, which is a chronic issue that kept causing his knee to pop out. The surgery he underwent during the spring was supposed to correct the issue in time for fall camp, but according to Dave Ruden of the Stamford Advocate -- Fortt's hometown newspaper -- there is a possibility that Fortt may have to take a medical redshirt.