Weeks of speculation came to an end Friday night at the Under Armour All-American Bowl when top recruit Max Redfield officially committed to Notre Dame. Redfield had been committed to USC originally, but backed out of that pledge and re-opened his commitment bringing the Fighting Irish back into the mix.
It's another big commitment for ND who have racked up another big-time player for the future. Rivals.com ranks Redfield as a five-star recruit, the third best safety in the country and the 24th best player overall. Scout.com lists him as a four-star prospect, the seventh best safety, and the 87th best player overall.
He'll join a crowded safety position next year. Even with the loss of starter Zeke Motta, the Irish return fellow starter Matthias Farley along with Austin Collinsworth, Nick Baratti, John Turner, Chris Badger, C.J. Prosise, and Eilar Hardy. ND could also get back Jamoris Slaughter for a rare sixth-year of eligibility if the NCAA grants his request.
He becomes Notre Dame's 23rd commitment for 2013 and yet another defensive prospect giving them nine defensive commits and four defensive backs. He's also the third five-star recruit in this year's class.
Redfield chose the Irish over USC and Ohio State. He also had offers from Arizona, Colorado, Old Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Washington among others.