College football recruiting is all about give and take, which USC learned on Friday during the Under Armour All-American game, where the Trojans took a commitment from Leon McQuay III but lost Max Redfield to Notre Dame.
The two are very similar athletes. They each measure at 6'2" and a shade above 180 pounds, and both project as safeties at the next level.
Redfield, a Mission Viejo, Calif. native, was committed to the Trojans earlier in the recruiting process, but he ultimately flipped to Notre Dame.
He's the type of defensive back who relies on his range and quickness to make big hits in the open field.
A very talented player, USC fans were rightfully distraught when he decommitted in November. And they had to be even more shaken when he chose the rival Irish at the Under Armour game.
However, those same Trojan fans can now rest easy since McQuay announced his pledge to USC just minutes after Redfield's decision.
Either prospect would certainly be set up for success at USC; however, for McQuay, the match seems perfect.
He is more polished in man-to-man coverage and has a much more developed physical game than Redfield. This will be key in the increasingly physical Pac-12 conference.
Stanford has risen to prosperity on the West Coast with its physical style of play, and McQuay will be much better suited playing in the box to help stop the Cardinal run game.
Additionally, the mental aspect of McQuay vs. Redfield is a no-doubter.
Given Redfield's decommitment, it is clear that he was never a Trojan at heart. McQuay, on the other hand, has a myriad of reasons to pick USC.
According to Corey Long of ESPN, the Seffner, Fla. native has a 4.2 GPA and hopes to make a name not only in football, but also in the music production industry.
There might not be a better place in the world for McQuay to pursue those dreams.
Set in the entertainment mecca of Los Angeles, USC naturally offers a renowned music industry program.
McQuay should have no trouble feeling right at home as a Trojan. And a happy McQuay will mean a happy Trojan fanbase.
So, while Redfield's flip to Notre Dame may have been been tough to hear, the commitment of McQuay should be music to the ears of USC fans.