Mission Viejo safety Max Redfield will be leaving the sunny environs of California to play in the defensive backfield of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Redfield is one of the top recruits in this class and will join Cole Luke and Devin Butler as part of the Notre Dame 2013 secondary class.
Redfield is one of those recruits who stands a great chance to make an instant impact when he heads to South Bend this summer. Redfield has great range that allows him to play strong in coverage, physical measurables, and has all the tools ready to contribute anyway. He does have to fix his technique a little, but that can be fixed over time.
Here's the scouting report Notre Dame blog One Foot Down put together for Redfield's commitment.
As a safety, Redfield is an excellent fit at free safety for the base zone coverage that DC Bob Diaco prefers to run. His highlights show his ability to read the QB and react to the ball. Some of the scouting reports talked about a need to improve in man coverage, but there aren't a lot of safeties at the high school level that have much experience in that area. He probably needs to improve his tackling, specifically around wrapping up the ball carrier, but that can be quickly corrected.
Derrell Warren from SB Nation also put together a scouting report on Redfield this summer and came to similar conclusions about his safety skills.
Redfield is rangy. He is just as effective at pattern reading and making plays in the short to intermediate areas of the field as he is defending against the vertical passing game. He can also come down from a cover-two alignment and make plays versus screens and dump-offs in the flat. That said, not only does Redfield's intuitiveness allow him to process information quickly, but his stellar ball skills enable him to finish plays as well. That said, he is always a threat to create a turnover when he is in the vicinity of the ball. Redfield has the body control to reach back across his frame, contort in the air, and high point the ball in traffic consistently, making difficult interceptions.
Notre Dame will be losing three regular safeties from its rotation, so Redfield will get his chance to start immediately.
Ratings: Redfield is a consensus four-star safety.
Vitals: Redfield weights in at 195 pounds and stands at 6'3.
Other offers: Redfield had offers from most Pac-12 schools including USC, UCLA and Oregon, and other traditional powers like LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Redfield has been committed to USC since the summer, choosing the Trojans over Oregon. He then he reopened his commitment in November and started to take serious interest in Notre Dame the rest of the way. Redfield ended up committing to Notre Dame over USC on Jan. 4 at the Under Armour All-Star game.