The impact of the verbal commitment from safety Max Redfield from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High school is big on many levels for the Trojans.
The addition of another elite athlete: In these scholarship reduction times, the Trojans will place a premium on filling their roster spots with versatile and talented athletes who can contribute in many ways. Redfield fits that description as well as anybody, as he’s currently the No. 2 athlete in the ESPN rankings, with many schools also looking at him as a receiver in addition to safety. At 6-foot-2, 181 pounds, Redfield is a smooth and speedy athlete with the ability to roam around and make plays on the field. He’s also got a tremendous vertical leap.
Here are some quotes from Redfield’s ESPN scouting evaluation:
“Great size, athleticism and ball skills. Tall, athletically built with room to fill out. Possesses very good initial burst and speed. Has the ability to add value in all three phases of the game at the next level.”
Redfield in combination with Su'a Cravens: USC already has a commitment from the No. 1 safety in the ESPN rankings -- Su’a Cravens from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta -- and the thought of pairing him with Redfield had the USC coaches telling both players that they could be the next Ronnie Lott and Dennis Smith. Well, as any USC fan will tell you, those are strong words in the world of Trojans football. Maybe there is a little bit of recruiting hyperbole in the comparison and maybe not, but the fact that it was even made tells you that this duo has a chance to be something special.
Putting another exclamation point on the class of 2013: The class that Kiffin and staff had put together so far was amazing on its own and the addition of Redfield just makes it that much better. It’s hard to describe the success of this recruiting class and it’s still only July. The verbal from Redfield means that the top five players from California have all committed to USC (and seven of the top nine) with 12 of the Trojans commits being ranked in the ESPN 150.
Maintaining a pipeline: Mission Viejo is one of the top programs in the area and this is the third year in a row that USC will get the top Diablos prospect (Tre Madden in 2011, Jahleel Pinner in 2012, Redfield in 2013). Of course, Mission Viejo also sent Mark Sanchez to the Trojans as well.