Notre Dame Leads for Redfield

Mission Viejo (Calif.) four-star safety Max Redfield says his trip to Seattle this past weekend was a good one, but it will take more than that for a program to take the lead in his recruitment away from the Irish.

It's no secret that Mission Viejo (Calif.) safety Max Redfield, who recently de-committed from USC and reopened his recruitment, has a new favorite program.

"It was an all-around amazing experience," was what Redfield told FOX Sports NEXT following his official visit to Notre Dame in mid-October.

Several weeks later, the Irish remain on top for the four-star athlete.

"They obviously have great academics and a great team right now," he explains. "They have great coaches, who I feel are genuine and don't lie to me just to get me to go there. I had a lot of fun with the players and the team as a whole seems like a really great team to be around. They have a wonderful campus and a great atmosphere."

This past weekend, Redfield traveled to Seattle to check out Washington, another school he's interested in.

"It was a lot of fun," he reports. "I talked to all the coaches, I got a pretty good feel for how the defense is ran, and I got to see the team in person, which was a lot of fun.

"I had a great time at the game, and on the trip in general. There were a few other recruits there as well and I had a lot of fun with them.

"It was a really fun trip, but it doesn't shake up anything recruiting wise; I still feel that Notre Dame has the lead out of anyone."

In fact, Redfield has his order of favorites in place.

"It would probably go: Notre Dame, Oregon, USC, Washington, and then LSU or Ohio State," he shares.

Redfield, who has already visited Notre Dame and Washington officially, plans to set a trip to Oregon, and possibly Ohio State, in the near future.

What would it take for one of the schools on his list to overtake the Irish?

"What they have to offer would have to match up with what Notre Dame has to offer, which is pretty hard academically, lifestyle wise, and how well the program is doing right now. The team would have to be pretty up there to challenge them on all aspects."

Still, Redfield isn't looking to make another commitment right away.

"I was at fault, I believe, the first time I committed," Redfield reflects. "I felt like I committed too early, so I don''t want to jump to conclusions again. I still want to take other officials and see if I actually feel something there. I don't want to jump to conclusions, the way I think I did before."

This time around, he plans to wait on making a decision.

"It'll be long after the season, probably into basketball," says Redfield. "Maybe even at the Under Armour game, if I feel like I still need to think things over that long, but I feel like it could be before that."

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