Jul 3, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT
While we haven’t turned our focus to Max Redfield yet, the five-star safety is one of the top prospects in the incoming class. As Redfield spends the summer with his teammates training and attending classes, an interesting tidbit emerged from a South Bend Tribune story about Redfield’s future with the Irish.
It appears that Redfield might spend some time on both sides of the football, the rare two-way player (if you discount Louis Nix moonlighting as a QB in spring ball). While Cam McDaniel became an emergency cornerback after Lo Wood was injured during preseason camp last year, Redfield looks like the type of athlete that is forcing Brian Kelly, Chuck Martin and Bob Diaco to find ways for him to find the field quickly.
This from the South Bend Tribune:
His hope is to be juggling football duties when the Irish open the season with Temple on Aug. 31, as a safety, a special teams stalwart (he blocked four punts for Mission Viejo last season) and — yes, a wide receiver.
“The coaches talked to me about playing both ways a little bit,” Redfield said. “They said if I could get the defense down, they might throw me in at receiver every now and then. A wide range of other schools offered me a chance to play receiver and safety as well.
“Any way I can get on the field, I want to do it. And I feel like I could contribute on both sides of the ball for Notre Dame.”
With the safety position fairly crowded after consecutive recruiting classes used to build up the depth chart, Redfield’s athleticism, combined with some road blocks on the depth chart, might make a move to offensive a smart wise to get the team’s best athletes on the field.
Redfield was recruited by many programs to be a wide receiver, and it isn’t hard to see how a 6-foot-3, standout basketball player and track star could make for an attractive wide receiver. Count this among the many storylines to follow when fall camp opens in early August.