- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
The safety position is loaded with talent in California's Class of 2013, and the USC Trojans stepped forward with an offer to one of the state's best on Monday evening. The Trojans have been slow to hand out offers to junior prospects due to scholarship restrictions, so Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) was taken aback by the offer.
"I called Coach O (Ed Orgeron), and when we were talking, he came out with it," Redfield said. "He said, 'We'd like to offer you a scholarship to the University of Southern California.' "
Redfield said he was surprised and excited by the news and couldn't hide those emotions.
"It definitely means a lot to me, especially for them to offer me this early," he said. "It's really exciting."
Redfield grew up a USC fan, and that has only strengthened in recent years, as former teammates Tre Madden and Jahleel Pinner have or will become Trojans over the past two years. Redfield said he'd already spoken to Pinner and was looking forward to speaking with Madden.
The USC coaches haven't been shy about pushing for quick commitments after offers, and Redfield said the subject was broached but that he doesn't plan to commit this early and would like to experience the entire recruiting process. This is Redfield's first offer, and he said his phone was exploding with congratulatory messages from all the friends and family who had heard the news from his mother.
USC is recruiting Redfield as a free safety and said he would have an opportunity to compete for early playing time, as starter T.J. McDonald will be gone by the time Redfield steps on campus.
"I've liked USC for a while," Redfield said. "I have a lot of family born and living in California, and I've been watching USC football for a long time. I love the school."