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Safety's gene pool runs deep

It is not uncommon for a high-level recruit to come from a family rich in athletic tradition. It is, however, a slight detour from the norm when the sport in which one's future lies has nothing to do with any of the family's prior athletic success.

Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) grew up in a family dominated by sports. Both of Redfield's parents were athletes at the University of Connecticut, with his mother playing soccer and his dad running track. His aunts and uncles all played soccer, including an aunt, Joy Fawcett, who won an Olympic gold medal.

Born in Connecticut, it became evident early on that he inherited the athletic genes from his parents. After moving to California at the age of 8, Redfield began to envision a future in sports.