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Friday, January 4, 2013
Redfield might've opened floodgates

By Jared Shanker

If Notre Dame lands the No. 1 class in 2013, the Fighting Irish might be thanking Max Redfield. It’s not only because of the immense talent Redfield brings -- though it helps -- but because he might have started a slew of decommitments that will end up in the Irish’s favor.

Redfield officially visited Notre Dame the weekend of Oct. 12 and decommitted from USC shortly thereafter. He was then a major Irish lean for quite some time. California is a major recruiting ground for the Irish, and like Redfield, several ESPN 150 prospects from the state were still hearing from the Irish despite being committed to USC.

Two of those prospects were Sebastian LaRue and Eddie Vanderdoes, and both recently decommitted from the Trojans. Each will take an official visit to Notre Dame now, and the Irish are in a strong position to land both. Redfield can be looked at as the prospect who started it all.

Athletically, Redfield brings two-way talent and can play either receiver or defensive back when he gets to South Bend. The defensive backfield is an area the Irish needed to address in the 2013 class, and he can play safety in South Bend.