There is not much more you can say about USC's 2013 class as it continues to add immediate impact type players and impressive speed and athleticism to a defense that was in need of young fire power. Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif.) is evaluated and ranked in our athlete category but we feel he'll settle in at the safety position and join Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murieta) to give USC arguably the best back-end duo in the country and collectively one the best overall secondaries.
In Redfield, USC is getting one of the best overall athlete's in the country with the speed, length and ball skills that we feel could be developed into a productive Pac-12 receiving threat if the Trojan's decided to play him on offense. However his range, closing speed and instinctive play at safety will likely land him with Monte Kiffin and the defense. Redfield is the complete package at safety with the well-rounded skill-set to be productive in both run and pass support. His greatest asset may be his versatility and ability to play both corner and safety on a roster that will be smaller in numbers upon his arrival. Redfield could excel as a high, Cover 2 safety in Kiffin's scheme with his great range and burst to get off the hash and over the top of routes. However, he possesses impressive zone skills and we feel he could produce as an underneath corner. Redfield can clean up in the flat with his ability to collision routes and drive on the ball in front of him but also come up and support the run and set the edge. He's a scheme versatile defensive back which is important due to USC's limited scholarships.
We feel this is a young man who will contribute early with his dynamic skill-set and talent. Redfield is also an excellent special teams performer and USC will need its best players participating on those units without the normal roster depth. The Trojans continue to land high quality, multi-faceted athletes in a class that needs to hit on all of its signees.