Max Redfield, a 6'3" safety from Mission Viejo, CA., has decommitted from the University of Southern California Sunday, according to Gerard Martinez of USCFootball.com. Redfield had committed to USC in the summer of this year.
The news comes after Redfield was in attendance for the USC Trojans' 62-51 loss against the Oregon Ducks Saturday.
Gerard Martinez later said he believes Notre Dame is the new team to beat. Redfield visited the Irish for their overtime victory against Stanford last month.
After the visit to South Bend, Redfield told Tyler James of the South Bend Tribune:
During the game and after the game it was pretty moving to see how into the game the crowd was and how dedicated they were to the team and cheering them. Through all the pouring rain they were still there for hours and hours. Throughout the game they had the same excitement."
"I won't be going back to Notre Dame, but what I got out of it was all I needed to either stay committed and be done with the recruiting process or maybe decommit and explore some other options," Redfield added.
Redfield is considered the third-best safety and the 31st-best player in the 2013 class by Rivals.com. He holds 18 offers from some of the best Division-I schools in the country including LSU, Nebraska, Tennessee, Oklahoma and UCLA.
Greg Biggins of Scout.com said of the 4-star prospect:
Max is an elite athlete with a great frame. He plays receiver on offense and those ball skills have definitely helped him in the secondary as he has arguably the best hands of any safety out West. He has very good instincts and a high football IQ. He's always around the ball, covers a ton of ground and as he continues to fill out his sizable frame, should realize his incredible upside.
Redfield has led his high school team, Mission Viejo High School, to a 10-0 record so far this season playing safety and wide receiver. Two weeks ago, he was named OCVarsity.com's athlete of the week after having 10 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown in the 35-12 victory over Trabuco Hills High School. Redfield also had six tackles.
Notre Dame currently has 22 commits for the 2013 class, although they do not have anyone committed for the safety position.
Redfield is also planning on visiting Oregon and Washington in the next couple of weeks.