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Max Redfield gives Notre Dame his commitment

Jan 4, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

Max Redfield

Notre Dame continued it’s monster recruiting haul today with the commitment of blue-chip safety Max Redfield of Mission Viejo, California. The one-time USC commitment announced on ESPN that he chose the Irish over the Trojans and Ohio State, giving Notre Dame what is believed to be their first five-star safety ever, and their third five-star recruit in the ’13 class, joining linebacker Jaylon Smith and running back Greg Bryant.

“Next year I will be joining the No. 1 team in the country. The University of Notre Dame,” Redfield said, before putting an Irish baseball cap on with his parents standing by him.

At 6-foot-2, 195-pounds, Redfield has prototype size for a safety and has the speed and athleticism to play wide receiver. Targeted to play defense in the Irish system, Redfield will cover a lot of ground as a centerfielder and add an impact athlete to a position group that’s added a ton of talent over the past two recruiting classes. Redfield has been impressing this week at the Under Armor All-American game, where he’s looked smooth in coverage and played the role of ballhawk during seven-on-seven drills.

After stepping away from his Trojan commitment, Redfield has looked primed to join the Irish class, a key addition to a secondary still looking to add playmakers. He might not be the last Trojan commitment to switch sides, with defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes giving Notre Dame serious consideration and an official visit later this month.

The commitment, Notre Dame’s 23rd in the class, moves the Irish up to the No. 1 spot in Rivals team rankings, the first time ever.


  1. irishpuma - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Unreal! Winning cures everything! I was a little rough on BK for his in game coaching decisions but he i building something special at ND! #DYNASTY

    Now lets get Muhmed tomorrow and swing Eddie to the good side!!! Go Irish!

    • nudeman - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Muhammed ain’t happening, unless you’re a Miami fan
      Grades, courses taken, test scores … or all 3

      Vanderdoes is the new “must get”

      • irishpuma - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        Damn. Thanks Nude you are always in the know. I live 20 minutes from Vanderdoes maybe I should swing by his crib later this month lol. Oh wait nevermind we want him to go to ND. I might scare him away.

      • papadec - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        nude – you called it! Mohammad declared for Miami today.

  2. windycityirish - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Great recruiting haul in the secondary this year. This is one of the best recruiting classes in recent memory. Hats off to BK & the crew.

  3. yllibnosredna - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    This is just getting ridiculous (in a good way). Yes, it’s very easy to get way too hung up on class rankings, but it’s hard not to be extremely excited about this haul as the potential for this class is ENORMOUS. What a difference a year makes.

  4. irishpuma - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    The paranoid traumatized ND fan in me (blame the last 20 years sort of like post traumatic stress disorder) is still waiting for 2/6/13 signing day. That said this class has an amazing feel and some of the leaders in the class have been pounding the pavement and recruiting themselves, which makes a big difference. Fingers crossed but I think this class will Stick it out. Irish Mob 13 style.

  5. seanb20124 - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    With all the possible new commits,is there a current commit in danger of losing their spot?

    • bernhtp - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Notre Dame won’t dump verbal commits that are keeping their end of the bargain – making their grades, maintaining appropriate conduct, and not visiting other schools. A big reason why kids choose Notre Dame is for its reputation – academic, spiritual, moral, and athletic – and the last thing they would do is break their commitments without good cause.

  6. heisenbyrg - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Anyone worried this class might be getting a little TOO good?

    • heisenbyrg - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Isn’t it possible that guys like Farley, Spond, or D. Daniels might crap the bed on Monday night because they’ll be looking over their shoulders at the Irish Mob ’13 superfriends?

      • heisenbyrg - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        Fine. I’ll take my sarcastaball and go play somewhere else.

        For the record, this recruiting class might be more impressive than the 12-0 record. Anyone actually think we’d get Bryant, Folston, AND Redfield two weeks ago? Vanderdoes is the new #1 target, but this class would still be more than complete if no one else jumps aboard.

        Remember a few months ago when some here (ahem, Nudeman) were dubious that the Irish could land Jaylon Smith. We’ve come a long way since then, and it seems Smith has played a huge role recruiting his peers. Can’t wait to see the kid from Ft. Wayne in a gold helmet.

      • nudeman - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Uh … show me where I was “dubious” about landing Jaylon Smith.
        Please. Take as much time as you need.
        He seemingly wanted to commit to ND in about 7th grade and was never in doubt.

        Now Redfield … yes. Didn’t think they’d pull a USC commit who lives in Mission Viejo to South Bend. Of course I underestimated Kiffin’s ability to melt down.

      • heisenbyrg - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        Haha. Didn’t mean to give offense. I won’t hunt down a months old post, but I remember the general argument because it was, uh, weird. It was something about him being a good looking young man who might want to spend the next four years in southern California.

        If you remember, the common wisdom after his USC visit was that the decision was a toss-up between ND and SC. That was, of course, before SC’s disaster season, and before we learned of his longtime love of the Irish.

        He is, by the way, a handsome young fellow.

      • heisenbyrg - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        Actually, I did track it down because I was starting to think I remembered incorrectly. From the May, 29 post…

        Nudeman: “Jaylon Smith: Why am I getting a funny feeling here? From his tweet the other day about committing to the same school as his buddy Hutchings who appears headed to USC, to USC’s newly stepped up attempts to land him, to his upcoming visit to LA.
        Let’s see: good looking, stud football star has to choose between LA and SB?
        Like I said, I ain’t making any bets here, despite so many other people who think he’s a “lock” for ND. If so, then why doesn’t he just commit and stop the circus? That always makes me nervous.

        God, I’m pathetic for locating this, though it did only take 5 minutes.

      • irishpuma - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:40 AM

        bringing nude to justice very boss of you. Nude got broken of bad!

  7. fatguystrangler - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Longtime reader, first time commenter. I’ve never been one to buy into recruiting rankings or the like, but wow, this is an impressive class! And, the fact that there’s so many athletes on the defensive side, is amazing! I always thought flipping Tuitt really got the ball rolling a couple years back in regards to D recruiting. I recall reading comments in the past on how ND struggled to recruit elite secondary talent. Can’t say that anymore with Redfield and Luke coming aboard. Remember when the big worry about BK was whether him and staff could recruit well? It’s amazing how much winning helped the ND brand. Anyway, I wish Torri Hunter, Jr. all the best in recovery. Cant wait for Monday night. Go Irish!

  8. burgandy2260 - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    It’s Kelly’s 3rd yr and in typical fashion he has created a powerhouse. Every place he’s been the 3rd yr was when the pendulum swung. ND has a great incoming class that would allow some of them significant playing time. With good comes bad. When, not if, when ND wins Monday then BK can pretty much write his own ticket. Come 1/14 he’ll be in the other Kelly’s shoes being considered for the big boy chair. Start grooming Diaco so the ball can keep rolling!

  9. burgandy2260 - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    PS: by that time being the HC @ ND would be a better spot for Bobbie D then going to be a DC for Kelly in the NFL!

  10. irishpuma - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Ron, I mean Mr. burgundy, can I call you Ron? I hope you are way wrong. I have heard rumblings that Kelly is fixated on his end game which is the NFL but I hope he realizes what he has here and what he has built. Give it at least 3-5 years then I would be all about Diaco time!!! Unfortunately Bobby D will be long gone by then unless he wants to stay the course. The keys to the kingdom could be his with a little patience. Everyone take a step back (BK and D) realize what you have and where you are going. Big picture the best things take time.

    • nudeman - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      “Rumblings”? Gotta call BS on that, unless you have inside info

      The only thing that’s been out there is that the NFL likes Kelly, and why wouldn’t they? Anytime an ND coach takes his team to the championship game, that stuff is out there
      Not a scintilla of info that Kelly is interested, having conversations, or even entertaining feelers.

      I’ll give you a chance though: What is your alleged source for the rumblings?

      • irishpuma - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Nude just when i start trying to like you you go and totally be your usual self. A rumbling is a rumbling. I did not say I had taped conversations, wire taps, etc. I also did not say he has any pro offers. I actually don’t think he would be a good fit in the NFL due to his nature and schemes. He is better in college as a motivator and mentor. He is not going to be able to get up in too many players grills and not have a mutiny on his hands.

        That said I have it on well placed high level twitter folks (lol I will wait for nude’s scathing remarks) who have known him and or coached with him back in the day ( allegedly) and it was known that BK wanted to be in the NFL badly.

        To recap: I think he would be crazy to leave right now. I think the NFL would be crazy to take him right now. However, it gets a little scary knowing or allegedly knowing that he is very interested. And don’t tell me everyone would be interested as many are not. And ND pays the same or better so its not a money thing.

        The funny part is that I am not even a big BK guy. Hated the Rees/ Christ stuff, the timeouts, the general sense of panic at every moment, and the unprofessional tirades and drinking face (red) exhibited on the sidelines. I am all good with that at practice just not on national TV as a representative of my alma mater. But now I don’t ever want to see him leave!

      • nudeman - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Please, don’t stop liking me. It would be a lousy way to end the day for me.

        Now then …

        My point is this: Brian Kelly might well be interested in going to the NFL … someday. But aside from the usual pedestrian speculation that would come anytime an ND coach has an undefeated team, I haven’t seen ANYTHING that suggests this is more than idle speculation from people with too much time on their hands (like me).

        I keep reading things like what you posted but in the immortal words of Walter Mondale … where’s the beef? Maybe you DO in fact have some tight sources. But until I see something more than that from you or anybody who claims this, I just find it really really hard to believe.

        Again … someday? Sure. No doubt he’d like a shot. I just don’t see it next year or the year after, or even the year after that. Maybe I’m wrong.

      • irishpuma - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        I agree completely with that. And I still like you so sleep easy bro!!!

      • nudeman - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        Whew, that was close

        Thanks man

      • dickasman - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        I <3 puma swede!

      • irishpuma - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:28 AM

        I can’t quit you nude.

      • nudeman - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        This is YOU talking about your love/hate with ME

  11. glorygreyhound1 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    #1 team, #1 recruiting class, #1 graduation rate. What an amazing group of players, recruits and coaches.

  12. aceinthehole12 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I was on the L home from work and checking my emails and I saw this story and yelled out “hell yeah !” some weird looks but oh well. I love this 2013 recruiting class.

  13. dutch31 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    With BK I guarantee there will be at least 2 3 star guys that contribute next year. He is great at finding them. (Spond, Bennett Jackson, Shembo).

    Great days ahead!! But a must win Monday night!!

    GO IRISH!!

    • onlynd - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM


      • bernhtp - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Deeb seems like a great kid. Word is that he has progressed dramatically. I bet he contributes, starting with special teams.

  14. ajw21 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Kelly is not leaving this year. If he keeps up the success it wouldnt suprise me if he left in 2-5 years. All head coaches have big egos and your ego tells you that you want to prove ur the best. The NFL is the best. Kelly might be an ND guy but the doesnt mean he wont jump eventually.
    Go Irish!
    Win on Monday!

    • bernhtp - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      So what precedent is there for a successful Notre Dame coach to go to the NFL? We’ve had the reverse (Devine, Holtz – sorta). I don’t see Kelly going to the NFL even if he has the opportunity and once had that desire.

  15. dutch31 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    NUDE. You would have enjoyed watching Muhammad play. The only recruiting news I have been following has been through this site. So I am at your mercy as to the grades situation. It’s a shame, as I have heard he is a good kid. I’m still hoping!! Never know for sure.

    Puma, my guess is Kelly stays at least 4 more years. Think he is only 50, so even if he has that NFL aspiration he has plenty of years ahead of him. I also have an inkling that ND can pay on par with any NFL head coaching salary. I don’t know if you watch those Irish connections, but Kelly has changed his whole persona this year, these kids have 100% bought in. He has become a Svengali! I am liking the results big time. NFL? Much later. I hope.

    GO IRISH!!!

    • irishpuma - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Right on the money Dutch! I agree. And the boosters got to BK and got him in line. Or he did it on his own. Whatever Nude says is probably what happened!! Lol

      I am still hoping for Muhammad tomorrow as well!!!

      BK had me after I watched the ND undefeated show on NBCSports. His locker room talks were very good. Reminded me of Varsity Blues. I was going to put on the whip cream bikini but Nude probably would not be able to control himself.

      All I asked for Xmas was a win on Jan. 7th!!! Go Irish.

      • 4horsemenrideagain - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        gotta go with nude on bk staying put, but about the walter mondale quote, i thought it was the old lady from the burger king commercials who said “where’s the beef?”

      • bernhtp - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        AQM wants to play for Notre Dame and Notre Dame wants him. However, he has academic milestones to hit for that to happen, and I’m not sure it is.

      • nudeman - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        I’d be fine if you did the whip cream bikini thing
        But please wait until I’m out of the country where there is no access to the internets (channeling my W there)

    • nudeman - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Stop hoping. It’s over on AQM.
      C’est la vie.

  16. dickasman - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    I just love the fact that we beat him for the 2 c sucker coaches that I do not care for. Good job!

  17. burgandy2260 - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    That escalated quickly! BK is going to lead the team to win on Monday. Then there is next season where they will most likely be top 5 again and play and win a BCS game and then NFL teams will throw hookers thru his windows with $$ in his eyes he’ll figure that he did his part and by then Bobbie D will be ready. If his goal is the NFL and he’s offered, believe me he’s gonna take it. This won’t be another O’brien lie to the troops fiasco it will be a discussion that starts after the crystal ceremony and will go thru next season until he picks his new home. Come on guys, it’s science!

  18. nd1975fla - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Seems like the wheels on the USC recruiting machine are at least wobbling, if not ready to fall off. Pat Haden is a very smart and fair man, but I think he may have given Lane Kiffin too much of a pass in allowing him to stay another year. The firing of Daddy Kiffin won’t solve their problem, which is just fine with me. Even 18 year old kids are now figuring out that USC has some deep issues.

  19. londonirish1997 - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Diaco may be a great DC, but when Kelly leaves I hope ND has learned that the HC position at ND is NOT the place for first time HC’s. I do not want to repeat the Davie thru Weiss experience again in my lifetime. When the time comes (and I hope it is not for many years), I hope they hire an experienced HC with a history of winning consistently.

    • bernhtp - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Diaco is no Bob Davie. I predict he will ultimately be the head coach of Notre Dame whether or not he goes somewhere else first. It will depend upon timing and opportunity.

      • nudeman - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        But the track record is not good for ND hiring guys with no HC experience

        More importantly … why are we even having this conversation?
        BK is going nowhere. He’s making a ton of money right now. He has two young kids who probably love ND. His wife is active in the community and I assume well liked, etc.

        I would KILL to be Brian Kelly

      • bernhtp - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Nude: there is no purpose other than very long term speculation. Kelly is going nowhere. He is at the pinnacle of college football, and maybe all football generally. He will likely retire coaching at ND and then go onto espn when he burns out. It is only then that the Diaco prediction comes into play.

  20. burgandy2260 - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:47 AM


    • 4horsemenrideagain - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Well played sir

  21. yogihilt - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    BK has his dream job. He will stay and never leave for teams that fire coaches for franchises that continue to underperform year in year out (Cle, Ari, Buff, etc). He would only leave the top coaching job in the football world to take over from a retiring coach from a consistent winning NFL franchise, like NE, PITT, etc. Now, that said, on to Moday.. to the woodshed.. The Chip is the prize.. Go Irish.

  22. seanb20124 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Reading about this young man reminds me of Sean Taylor

  23. don74 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Any HC job at a major college program is better than the NFL. There’s an off season and for guys with a a young family that’s a big deal. Even though it may not be a great fit why do you think CW went back to college? Obviously winning is the key but once a winning tradition is established it’s a great job. Kelly climbed the ranks in CFB. He enjoys teaching the young guys and I have to believe there’s as much or more ego gradification coaching a winning ND program as there is coaching 26 og the 32 NFL teams.

    IF and that’s a big IF he leaves Martin is the guy over Diaco. Martin is a rock.

    • nudeman - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      By the time he’s ready to leave in x number of years Martin and Diaco might very well be long gone to their own HC jobs.
      If they’re successful they’d be great candidates to return though.

  24. dutch31 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Who is down on Ocean Drive?? Did Muhammad announce??

    • papadec - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      dutch – YES – for Miami today @ whatever HS Bowl game he was playing in. Hard to keep track of the HS Bowl games anymore – I think there are three of them, this year.

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