Redfield Is The "Main Focus" For Oregon

An elite safety prospect with all the tools to make an instant impact the moment he steps on a college campus, Mission Viejo (CA) four-star defensive back Max Redfield says the recruiting picture is becoming clearer as we inch towards the summer. With planned visits to Oregon, Washington and a hand full of schools back east coming up, Redfield says three schools have begun to separate themselves.

You currently have an offer from Oregon, is that correct?

"Yes I do."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"Coach (John) Neal has come to the school a few times and I've talked to him pretty briefly. The last time he came, we got somewhat in depth in to Oregon and their defensive schemes and where I fit in to that. I've also been in contact with him over Facebook, as well."

When was the last time you spoke with coach Neal?

"I'd say three or four weeks ago?"

How often would you say you've been in contact with coach Neal?

"It's pretty often; not on a weekly basis, but probably every other week."

In your conversations with coach Neal, what kinds of things have the two of you discussed?

"He's talking about how their safety -- John Boyett -- is going to be gone when I get there and they're not going to have a lot depth. He was kind of describing how they use their free safeties in the box, as a deep coverage guy, as a man coverage guy, and how they just move around and do everything. He says he liked the way I play and he thinks I could fit in to that pretty well."

Is there a particular aspect of your game that he really seems to like?

"My ball skills, the way I read the quarterback and just kind of make plays on the ball and roam around...just being deep and making plays on balls. He likes me in deep coverage."

Are most schools are recruiting you as a safety?

"Yeah, I talked briefly with a lot of schools about maybe playing both ways and maybe playing receiver, too."

Has Oregon discussed the possibility of offense for you?

"We haven't really discussed it I'd say, but more briefly just saying that when I get there, I could be starting at receiver and seeing how I do and that kind of thing."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"Extremely high. If I had a top three, Oregon would definitely be in it. I'm planning on taking an unofficial (visit) this summer and also I want to take an official visit, as well."

As far as the unofficial visit goes, have you set up a visit date yet with coach Neal?

"No I haven't. I need to make it concrete with my mom and then get in contact with the coach and see what time would fit both of our schedules."

Is there anything in particular that stands out to you about Oregon when you consider them as an option?

"Aside from what everyone thinks of Oregon -- the incredible jerseys, the incredible facilities -- the coaches stand out to me a lot. I feel like coach Neal is a real genuine guy and he talks to me straight up, man-to-man. I feel like I can trust him. Also, what Chip Kelly has done with Oregon the past few years is just incredible and they do nothing but win; it's a great program. Also, I plan on majoring in psychology and I heard they have a really good psychology department."

Has coach Neal discussed with you the number of safeties they're planning on bringing in this recruiting class?

"He said that I'm the main focus right now and they're going to try to bring in one or two other free safeties. I think they mentioned something about a junior college guy that they're getting either this year or next year, but the way he described it to me, he described it as them not having a lot of depth at the safety position."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'd say a fast ball-hawk and I can also (play in) run support really well...probably just really good ball skills and always around the ball and also filling gaps and making a hit."

Is there a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"I'd say Brian Dawkins because my dad is from Philadelphia -- he was born there -- and I've grown up watching Brian Dawkins and he's just all-around a good player, so I just try and base my game off his."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Academics, first of all. If my ultimate goal and dream of making it to the NFL does not work out, I'll always want a stable career I can fall back on and get a good degree which helps me get the job that I want and I'm happy with and that also makes a good amount of money. Also, comfortability with the campus, the coaches, and the people around me. While I'm living there and playing there for four years, I want to have a good time and be really successful and having fun while I'm there. Also, how good the team is, their past track record and if they have a good tradition of winning and good coaches that aren't just leaving and coming out; just a stable coaching system and the experience to take me to my full potential and make me the best player I can be."

What are some of the big offers you have from other schools?

"Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC, Nebraska, LSU, Arizona State, Arizona...there's other ones like Oregon State, Boise State...pretty much every school in the Pac-12, except Stanford."

Do you have a concrete top three, top five, or list of favorites at this point?

"Yeah, I have five leaders probably: it would be USC, Oregon, Notre Dame, LSU, Washington and California...It's not in any particular order, but Oregon, USC and LSU are probably the top three that are above the rest."

As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"I've only been to Cal and USC; I went to Cal's Junior Day and I've gone to USC's spring game and Junior Day. I don't think I'm going to be doing any camps this summer because I've been doing basketball and football and my coaches really don't want me to do all those camps and stuff because of injury risk and all that stuff. I'll probably try to get out more east and try to see some schools back there and also try to go down to see Arizona and Arizona State, but ultimately it's up to my mom cause it's her money and it's whatever she wants to do."

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