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.
With rain falling and the forecast expecting much more, Notre Dame and Clemson are kicking off in primetime anyway.
College GameDay was on campus this morning, showcasing the soggy conditions and the mud-covered campus. And while some wondered whether or not the kickoff would move up to earlier in the day to take advantage of a slight lull in the conditions, kickoff is remaining at 8:22 p.m.
“We’ve been in constant communication with state and local law enforcement and have monitored weather throughout the week and today,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a statement Friday night. “I’ve spoken with campus leaders, State Highway Patrol, and Governor Nikki Haley, and feel confident we can play the game as scheduled. We ask our fans to be conscientious arriving and departing from our campus as we will have some limitations due to this ongoing weather event.”
Ball security will be key this evening, and during an interview with Tom Rinaldi this morning Kelly mentioned the punting and kick game as concerns in these conditions. The Irish came to Clemson prepared for miserable conditions and if the forecast holds, they’ll get just that.
Notre Dame’s tight end recruiting keeps rolling. The Irish received a commitment from Illinois tight end Cole Kmet, who adds a third piece to Notre Dame’s 2017 recruiting class.
Kmet is a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, joining fellow blue-chipper 2017 tight end Brock Wright in next year’s recruiting class (they won’t sign until February 2017). He had early offers from plenty of the top programs around the country, but picked Notre Dame over finalist Ohio State, a nice recruiting victory for Scott Booker and Brian Kelly.
Kmet talked about the decision with Irish 247 who broke the news:
“I think it was just a gut feeling knowing it was Notre Dame,” Kmet to Irish 247. “I didn’t want to pass on playing for that program and attending that university. It’s always been the school I wanted an offer from and Ohio State made it really close, but I just couldn’t pass on Notre Dame.”