Mission Viejo, Calif., safety Max Redfield originally gave his pledge to USC in mid July, but opted to keep other programs involved - including Notre Dame.
Max Redfield is the 23rd verbal commitment of Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class.
The Irish were firmly within the top three for the 6-3, 195-pound four-star player since the earlier stages of the process, and were able to connect the dots for him when he traveled to South Bend for the Stanford game on Oct. 13.
Redfield later decommitted from the Trojans on Nov. 4 with programs like Ohio State, Oregon and Washington in play, but it remained as a two-team race that often occurs on both the recruiting trail and the field between Notre Dame and USC.
Irish head coach Brian Kelly took his first visit of the contact period to Redfield's home to meet with his parents, who didn't get to make the visit to South Bend, and that meeting, coupled with the early attention on the trail, worked out in Notre Dame's favor in the end.
The nation's No. 5 safety and No. 44 overall player in the land according to 247Sports decided on the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., at Tropicana Field tonight, which is being televised on ESPN, and used it as the platform to announce his decision to join Notre Dame's class.
The Irish were on the lookout for a defensive back that could line up at cornerback or safety and Redfield became the top name on the board.
He's the fourth defensive back commit of Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting haul with the others being Devin Butler, Rashad Kinlaw and Cole Luke. Fresno, Calif., safety L.J. Moore had the Irish in a top three with Arizona State and Oregon State after taking Oklahoma and UCLA off the list, but the focus now switches to other areas of need with limited spots remaining in the 23-man group.
Check back with BlueandGold.com for more from Redfield on his commitment to the Irish and what it means for the program.
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