LOS ANGELES -- The decision that had been brewing for weeks became official Sunday night when four-star athlete Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) decommitted from USC.
Redfield broke the news on his Facebook page a day after attending the Trojans' 62-51 loss to Oregon at Memorial Coliseum but, really, had been wavering on his commitment since taking an official visit to Notre Dame on Oct. 12. With the No. 2-rated athlete re-opening his recruitment, USC's top-ranked class was dealt its first blow. Redfield is scheduled to visit Washington on Nov. 9 and has been in contact with Oregon and LSU with intent to set up trips. His official visit to USC is scheduled for Jan. 18, and the Trojans, though no longer the front-runners, are still a viable option.
With Redfield off the books, four-star safeties Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) appear to be the likely candidates to fill the void.
• Class of 2013 commitments Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta), Justin Davis (Stackton, Calif./Lincoln), Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley), Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) were in attendance at the Coliseum on Saturday. They were joined by Class of 2014 offensive line commit Toa Lobendahn (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood).
• Keller Chryst (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto), the only Class of 2014 quarterback with a USC offer, was one of the high-profile visitors at the game. Class of 2014 receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), who has the Trojans in his top three, made the cross-country trek and enjoyed his visit, he said via text message.