Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Odds Irish Land 5-Star Max Redfield over USC

Ian BergCorrespondent IDecember 31, 2012

Photo via Orange County Register
Photo via Orange County Register

Max Redfield is set to make his final decision on his college of choice this Friday on ESPN when the Under Armour All-America Game is televised at 5 p.m. ET according to Mitch Sherman of

The odds of the Irish landing Redfield appear pretty good at this point, but there are others in the running for his signature. 

The three teams in the running are Ohio State, USC and Notre Dame.

Redfield was a USC commit until October, and he has since opened up his recruitment and visited Notre Dame. The visit went well and the Irish are expected to be neck-and-neck with the Trojans in his recruitment. Ohio State is considered the longshot, but according to the 5-star safety he has “been talking to their coaches a lot.”

This is anyone’s ballgame, but the Irish are the team with the most recent success and that may provide them with the edge. 

The Trojans and Irish are losing key playmakers at the safety position which gives him the opportunity to step in and make plays right away, but the choice will be between staying home and heading to South Bend. 

USC will be a pick to win a lot of ballgames in the Pac-12, and the Irish will be picked to be high in the Top 25. Both would be good places for Redfield to build his career from. 

At this point Notre Dame looks to be the favorite in the recruitment of Redfield. He had a great visit that he described as “wonderful.”

Notre Dame is playing in Miami for the Coaches’ Trophy and has a great chance at winning a national title. Questions about Lane Kiffin’s future have emerged after a mediocre season and the L.A.-based Trojans are slightly unstable on defense.

The best fit is Notre Dame at this point and the reason for his decommitment from USC in the fall is becoming clear. 

This would be a great land for Notre Dame and a great fit for Redfield in the 3-4 scheme that is employed by Bob Diaco and the Irish. 

Redfield is the No. 24 player in the country according to, the No. 44 player according to and the No. 36 player in the country according to

Chances of landing in South Bend: 65 percent and climbing