USC No. 1 in ESPN 2013 rankings
Another day, another massive coup for USC recruiting. And if it's beginning to sound monotonous, it's because it is.
The Trojans landed their remaining top priority Wednesday when four-star safety Max Redfield of Mission Viejo (Calif.) committed to USC, he confirmed to ESPN.com. Redfield, the nation's second-ranked athlete and the third-ranked player in California, according to the ESPN 150, became the 16th commit for the Trojans' 2013 class and their sixth commit this month.
"I knew I was eventually going to end up at USC. The talent of the class coming in, the chemistry, the tradition -- it was unmatched by any other university," Redfield said. "I was talking to the USC coaches, and they wanted me to get it out of the way if I knew I was going there. I felt like it was the right thing to do. I was ready to do it."
The addition of Redfield moves USC past Michigan and into the top spot in ESPN's latest class of 2013 rankings.
Redfield had planned to take trips to Oregon and Washington soon but held off on visiting.
"I'm not sure if I'm still going to do that," Redfield said. "If I don't do it, I'm probably still going to take official visits there."
The idea of playing alongside top-ranked safety and good friend Su'a Cravens (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) was a major factor in Redfield's decision to join the Trojans.
"It was huge," Redfield said. "I've been talking to Su'a for a few months now, and he's been on me. He's actually going to be my roommate when we go to USC."
The recent success of USC, which is dealing with NCAA-mandated scholarship limitations, has been dizzying. Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy cornerback Jalen Ramsey committed to the Trojans on Monday, following last week's pledges by Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer), Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy).
Class of 2014 offensive lineman Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) also committed Wednesday.
Of USC's 16 commits, 12 are in the ESPN 150 and 15 are in the ESPN 300.