- Blair Angulo, Reporter, WeAreSC.com
LOS ANGELES -- The USC Trojans made a strong push for a former commit Saturday night.
USC coaches Lane Kiffin, Marvin Sanders, Tee Martin, Kennedy Polamalu and John Baxter met with four-star athlete Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) during an in-home visit ahead of the fast-approaching dead period. Redfield decommitted from the Trojans on Nov. 4, about three weeks after his official visit to Notre Dame, but USC has shown a willingness to continue recruiting the No. 4-rated athlete.
The coaches left Redfield's home at around 10 p.m. on Saturday. Their main selling point during the meeting: location.
"They were telling me about how I’ll be close to my family," Redfield said. "They have a big class coming in, a pretty close recruiting class. The coaches really emphasized how much talent they have coming in, and spoke to my family about the connections and the value of a USC degree."
Polamalu met with Redfield earlier this month after Notre Dame coaches Brian Kelly and Mike Denbrock visited the highly coveted prospect. Polamalu managed to secure an official visit for the Dec. 7 weekend, which coincided with visits from good friends Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta), Chris Hawkins (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) and Kylie Fitts (Redlands, Calif./Redlands East Valley).
"I got to learn about the academic side of things, mostly," Redfield said of his official visit to USC. "I met with a couple academic advisers and a few professors. It was also cool to hang out with the players."
Redfield, like the Trojans' other top safety target Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), is scheduled to announce his commitment on Jan. 4 at the Under Armour All-American game.
"It’s been pretty stressful," Redfield said. "There's been a lot of home visits with coaches and a lot of phone calls. It's been hectic. I’m really excited to commit and be done with it. I’m not going to be in contact with anyone else after I make my decision. That's going to be it."
Redfield already knows which school he'll choose, but does not plan to make it public.
“My mind is pretty made up at this point," Redfield said. "I think I’ve known for a while.”