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Friday, October 26, 2012
Mailbag: Redfield committed ... for now

By Blair Angulo

WeAreSC recruiting reporter Blair Angulo answers reader questions in his mailbag every Friday. Have a USC recruiting question of your own? Submit it here.

Evan (Norwalk, Calif.): Will Max Redfield decommit?

Max Redfield
Max Redfield's dazzling athleticism makes him a viable option at safety, cornerback and wide receiver.
Redfield has thought about doing so, but at this point, it appears even he doesn't know the answer. We should know more after he takes his official visit to Washington sometime in the next few weeks.

I will say this: If Redfield were to decommit from USC, expect his recruitment to drag on until signing day. Notre Dame is in hot pursuit, Washington has been intriguing since the summer, plus Oregon and LSU could emerge as contenders. If Redfield, the No. 2-rated athlete, sticks with the Trojans, I think his decision will be final. Redfield mostly wants to explore his options, and if decommitting will help facilitate the process, he will.

Leandrus Smith (via @Leesmith06): Honestly, I hope we get Redfield and [Leon] McQuay.

It might happen, though the coaching staff would have to drop one of its current commitments. USC has 18 verbal commitments, and McQuay, who is thought to favor the Trojans, currently sits on the outside looking in. If Redfield indeed decommits, then McQuay is likely the next recruit to hop on board. The top priority here is to sign at least two safeties, assuming commit Su'a Cravens is one of them.

Craig H. (Venice): I'd imagine the Oregon game next week will be a big draw. Any big recruits scheduled to make it out to L.A.?

Expect the usual names to be in attendance at the Coliseum: Cravens (Vista Murrieta) Nico Falah (St. John Bosco), Kylie Fitts (Redlands East Valley), Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga), Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica) and Steven Mitchell (Alemany). The locals likely will be joined by Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy teammates Kenny Bigelow and Khaliel Rodgers, who for a long time have planned to make the westward trek.

Class of 2014 receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), who has USC in his top three, will be in town for an unofficial visit. We will update a list of visitors throughout next week leading up to the highly anticipated Pac-12 matchup.

Joel Gonzalez (La Puente, Calif.): With Matt Barkley bound for the NFL after the season, does [Max] Browne have a shot at the QB job?

Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) certainly will get the opportunity. Remember, Barkley immediately started as a freshman, and there's no reason to count out Browne from doing the same. The No. 2-rated pocket passer in the 2013 class intends to enroll early, so he'll be ready to battle Cody Kessler and Max Wittek for the starting gig in spring practice.

In nine games this season, the 6-foot-5 Browne has passed for 2,695 yards and 29 touchdowns. Accuracy is one of his most impressive attributes: Browne has completed well over 70 percent of his attempts.