Already blessed with one of the top classes in the nation, Irish head coach Brian Kelly earned the pledge of four-star safety Max Redfield.
Here is our initial look the Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School product and newest member of the Irish recruiting class.
WHAT TO LIKE
Often referred to as a safety, Redfield is a great athlete with the skill set to play on either side of scrimmage thanks to his ability to catch the ball. Speed and natural instincts allow him to cover a lot of ground defensively and he's not afraid to land a hit on a receiver or support the run game.
WHAT MAY CONCERN YOU
As with any high level recruit with West Coast ties that makes his announcement during an all-star game, there will be worries until the ink is dry on his letter of intent in February and it has been received by the Irish staff. Redfield is a former USC commit but it appears that ship has sailed as he has publicly offered full understanding of the strengths of both programs.
From all accounts, Redfield was blown away from his visit to Notre Dame in October and that feeling never left him. After stating on several occasions his decision on a school would be less about football and more about his future, many penciled him in as an Irish pledge. The depth being built in this class should give the Irish major strength on the defensive side of the ball in the years to come, especially in the secondary where questions of depth lingered throughout the season. This is another major recruiting victory for Kelly and his staff with more expected to come.