Redfield opens up recruitment

Last Friday night following Mission Viejo's (Calif.) dismantling of El Toro (Calif.), Diablo safety Max Redfield, a USC commit, said he could commit at any time to open up the process. Just two days later, the defensive back did just that.

Max Redfield played a great game Friday night when his Diablos finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record. He was physical on defense with several big hits, caught a 48 yard touchdown and even blocked a punt on special teams.

Following the game, Redfield talked about why he wanted to de-commit from USC and what was going on with his decision making process.

"I think if you de-commit, you can look at the recruiting process with a more clear head," Redfield said. "When you open things up, you're not going to be biased or favor any one school like you would if you're still committed. I consider myself a soft commit right now, I still like SC but I'm going to pen things up and that could happen at any time."

Fast forward just two days and Redfield proved true to his word when he de-committed announcing the news on his facebook page.

"Going back on my word is something I never imagined doing," Redfield wrote. "It hurts me to do it but in the end, I feel is necessary to do in order to decide what college I want to go to and in the end, what path I want to take in life.

"For many different reasons I am choosing to de-commit from USC and re-open recruiting. I am sorry to the people I might let down or hurt in this decision but it is a decision that is crucial for my future athletically, academically, and spiritually."

Redfield attended the USC- Oregon game Saturday and said the Trojans loss to the Ducks had nothing to do with his decision.

"No, I was going to de-commit no matter what happened," Redfield said. "Like I said, I need to do this so I can make sure I'm doing the right thing. I had a great trip to Notre Dame, I'm going to visit Washington this weekend and I really want to set up a trip to Oregon.

"Coach Neal is my main recruiter at Oregon and I'm going to try and get in touch with him and set up a visit. I would like to visit LSU too but I haven't talked with them in a while. USC is still definitely an option for me as well and I haven't at all ruled them out. I just want to open things up so I can look at all these schools equally."

Redfield visited Notre Dame three weeks ago but still talks with a buzz about how great the visit was.

"I just had an incredible experience there," Redfield said. "It was everything, not just football, but away from football, I just loved it there. The coaches and players are all such first class people, I love the academics, the tradition there, the alumni support, the campus itself, I loved everything about the place."

It will be interesting to see how Redfield's recruitment plays out but it will definitely be one of the bigger stories to monitor closely between now and Signing Day.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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