Max Redfield (Safety, 6'2" 195 pounds)The FOXSportsNEXT.com West Coast Recruiting team offered this evaluation of Redfield, their #2-ranked safety in the 2013 class:
Redfield might be the best all around athlete (among west coast safeties) and doubles as a wide receiver and could definitely play on the offensive side of the ball in college but was recruited to play safety. Redfield's best asset is the range he covers and the amount of plays he makes in the secondary. He's always around the football and his explosive leaping ability allows him to make a ton of plays in the red zone on both sides of the ball.
Veterans returning at Safety: Redshirt-junior Austin Collinsworth, redshirt-sophomores Matthias Farley and Eilar Hardy, sophomores Elijah Shumate (could remain at CB), and Nicky Baratti, redshirt-freshmen John Turner, Chris Badger, and C.J. Prosise.
Fellow incoming Safety prospects: None
Berk on Redfield: Super athlete capable of playing on both sides of the ball. Great hands and the willingness to hit anything that gets in his way could make Redfield a factor in the turnover game.
Dohn on Redfield: Redfield combines size and speed and will cover a ton of ground in the secondary. He breaks well on the ball and has very good ball skills. He is athletic, and also likes to hit. Redfield also has a very good frame, and as his body fills out, he can turn into a big-time hitter and enforcer in the secondary.
O'Malley's Initial SlottingDavid Bruton (2007-08) brought otherworldly back end skills to the Irish defensive secondary. Then Harrison Smith (2010-11) took the position to a new level. Now comes the wildly athletic Redfield, a gifted, extremely fast back line player that could threaten the Irish receiver depth chart in 2014 if he were to be evaluated as a wide receiver, but nonetheless has post-safety (free safety) written all over him.
Look for Redfield to join the two-deep at safety by Week Two of August camp, but taking a starting spot will be a tall order at this, the deepest, perhaps the most talented yet waiting-to-be-developed position group on the 2013 Irish.
Matthias Farley appears a lock for one starting spot. Redfield should compete with Nicky Baratti, Austin Collinsworth, and potentially Elijah Shumate and C.J. Prosise for the starting job and/or No. 2 spot with multiple safeties seeing ample playing time in 2013.
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