OT: S Max Redfield to USC

Submitted by althegreat23 on July 18th, 2012 at 4:46 PM

For those unfamiliar with him, Max Redfield is 4-star safety from Mission Viejo, California and the No. 45 player nationally according to 247 sports. Michigan wasn't a factor in his recruitment, but his decision could influence our chances with Leon McQuay III and possibly Vernon Hargreaves III.






July 18th, 2012 at 5:05 PM ^

Probably the same thing Carroll was selling? CA has a ton of talent, and SC is really the only elite team west of Austin. They have very good academics, tons of history in terms of NCs, Heismans, etc., great weather and a team built to win now. Not everyone prefers that, but it's not too hard to find 16 talented guys who do, especially when most of them grew up in bike riding distance from campus.


July 18th, 2012 at 5:31 PM ^

Oregon didn't go to a bowl game between 1963 and 1989.  They went to the Rose Bowl once between 1920 and 1994 and won it for just the second time this past season.  They've been solid the last two decades and have had an incredible run the last three years, but they just aren't in the same ballpark as SC (more Rose Bowl wins than Michigan, OSU and Washington, combined).


July 18th, 2012 at 5:52 PM ^

Agreed with both of the posts above. People in CA, at least SoCal, don't see Oregon as being in the same league as SC, figuratively, of course. Oregon is like the new money, who could blow through it at any point. USC is the wealthy family that has been the rich guy in town for generations.

There's no good reason to think Oregon can maintain their recent level of success. It's almost certain that SC will.

Musket Rebellion

July 18th, 2012 at 6:29 PM ^

The general assumption amongst Oregon fans (I live in Oregon) is that Uncle Phil money will be there regardless of whether or not Uncle Phil is. Their new basketball court is named after his son, and the feeling is that Knight will either set up a ridiculously large endowment for the athletic department or his children will keep the coffers full. In short, they aren't worried. 

Whether that's true or not, only time will tell. 


July 18th, 2012 at 8:28 PM ^

However, they still almost always have to take SC's leftovers for recruiting. SC has a chainlink fence up around California and a Brick wall around SoCal. Mcquay and Hargreaves will go else where because SC's remaining spots will be spent on more pressing positions.


July 18th, 2012 at 8:36 PM ^

OK, your first two statements pretty much contradict each other though.  If they take your left overs, then they aren't elite.  And as a guy who has seen the Pac-12 perspective and the national perspective, Oregon is not really elite.  Oregon is kind of like Wisconsin in the Big Ten.  The most successful team over the last 5 years or so, but not much success more than about 15 years ago, a poor recruiting base and still in that next tier in terms of overall program strength. 

Oregon is flashier, partly because of the offense and partly because of Nike, but still short of that "elite program" status.


July 18th, 2012 at 8:55 PM ^

Wisconsin probably has a more stable program, all things being equal.  They have nearly 2 million more people in their state, don't have to share that state with another D1 football program, have a bigger stadium and stronger academics as well.  

Oregon has also probably benefitted (along with Boise State) from a lack of direction recently at places like Washington, Colorado, and ASU.  If those programs can poach one or two of those second tier guys from Oregon every year, the Ducks will be in a much more difficult position.


July 18th, 2012 at 9:30 PM ^

Oregon is getting top notch kids the last few years, and there playing and beating SC as well. You totally contradict yourself.

I live in So Cal and you cannot begin to imagine the talent that is here in SoCal, most of you Midwestern people that are not familiar w Cali cod not even magine the size etc of cali

turd ferguson

July 18th, 2012 at 4:53 PM ^

I think we might be seeing that severe scholarship restrictions can actually help a team recruit elite talent.  You get to sell kids on a depth chart that's almost guarantees playing time and eventual starting positions.  Depth is obviously a challenge, but I think there are some interesting lessons coming out of this.

I have a diary in mind here, but I'm pretending to work right now, so it'll have to wait for a bit.


July 18th, 2012 at 5:12 PM ^

SC isn't landing anybody they wouldn't have otherwise gotten, and if anything are losing out on guys they otherwise would have offered (their class is basically done with a lot of talented guys left on the board).  Just about all of these guys are coming from CA (with two from the Delaware high school where the staff formed a relationship after recruiting still-young QB David Sills). 

I think the only lesson is that a school with a high profile Heisman candidate coming off a 10-2 season and a head coach with a reputation as a good recruiter and an assistant coach with a reputation as the best recruiter in the country in a desirable location that is also a recruiting hotbed at a school that has undergone a major facelift (opening a shiny new football facility soon) and has seen a major upsurge in its academic reputation in the last decade while also producing the winningest team in major college football over the same time period will be able to convince a lot of good players to come there to play football.


July 18th, 2012 at 5:42 PM ^

People talk about LSU and Ohio having it easy being the only big name school in a talent rich state but frankly, USC might as well be in the same boat right now. California is just loaded every year and until Cal and UCLA become relevant, USC will continue to just load up on talent


July 18th, 2012 at 6:43 PM ^

I agree with your first sentence entirely.  UCLA's athletic department doesn't want to spend the money on football that they need to.  However, I don't think the campus has much to do with it.  Downtown LA is getting a lot better, especially for an athlete with all of the ESPN stuff going on down there, and the possibility of a football stadium being built right next to Staples. 

And keep in mind where a lot of these football recruits are coming from.  A lot of them might actually feel more comfortable in not-quite-south central LA than in Bel Air.  And SC's campus isn't dangerous, it's just close to dangerous.  95% of the kids at SC are wealthy, private school kids.  If D1 football players didn't feel safe, those other kids wouldn't stand a chance.


July 18th, 2012 at 6:40 PM ^

Their facilities really have been appalling for a long time, but Tedford is a good coach and the stadium renovations and new practice facilities are way better. Still not quite a match for USC or Oregon on those fronts, but they're now probably third in the Pac-12. Their bigger challenge has been to get their teams to gel over time. They have tons and tons of NFL players from the past five years: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Golden_Bears_football#Current_NFL_Players 

Why was their only really good year Aaron Rodgers' last? Outside of that year, they struggle ot break .500 every time. So weird.

Stanford is also on a major hot streak with recruiting. So long as they keep winning, they'll be the fourth destination for recruits in the conference. Washington is also coming on a bit of late.


July 18th, 2012 at 6:47 PM ^

Yeah, Cal is a weird case.  Like UCLA, they should be good, but they just aren't for some reason.  But I'd put UW third in the Pac behind USC and Oregon. 

Stanford isn't as much of a recruiting threat to the CA schools as you'd think, since they usually have small-ish classes due to low attrition, but mostly because they recruit nationally a lot more than any other west coast school.  Stanford has 6 commits in the class of 2013, only once of which is from CA.


July 18th, 2012 at 11:10 PM ^

To me, Stanford seems to be in a tenous position at the top of the Pac-12. I could easily see them having a down year or two, big name players realize that it's Stanford Football again, and they go back to doormat. I don't think Stanford is as sustainable esp. with the higher academic standards...which Cal may also have to deal with so that may be irrelevant. Either way, I'm not sure that Stanford is going to be able to maintain their success without an Andrew Luck piloting the team


July 18th, 2012 at 6:45 PM ^

The corner they landed this week is from Tennessee. They pulled a receiver from Texas earlier this year. Max Browne, their big quarterback recruit is from Washington dtate. They also got a 2014 comitt from an o lineman from Chandler Arizona today. Let us not forget they took a running back recruit from Illinois off Michigan's plate about a month ago.

The geography of USC matters huge but the location of the recruits is no particular matter that Kiffin can't overcome. He was national recruiting coordinator for Carroll when they pulled the epic 2002 and 2003 classes which  basically flipped them into a modern dynasty.




July 18th, 2012 at 6:53 PM ^

Well, you can just say "West Coast" instead of CA if you want, because that would include the kids from WA and AZ.  USC pretty much owns the western half of the US. 

And yes, they get kids from elsewhere every year.  But the majority of every class of theirs is from CA. 

EDIT:  Over the last two classes, 23 of 32 commits/signees are from CA, almost 3/4, plus the top recruit from Washington each year.  25 of 32 from the west coast. 


July 18th, 2012 at 7:16 PM ^

^^^^This. I tutored a number of SC football players during my time there (02-06). Naturally our discussions turned to football quite often. I asked each of them why the rest of the league couldn't hang with them and they all gave different versions of the same answer. The vast majority of highly talented football players on the west coast go to SC. One very high profile guy I talked to even told me his best friend from high school had to go elsewhere in the Pac-12 (10 at the time) because he never got that SC offer. In his words, "playa could start on any other team in the country 'cept ours."


July 18th, 2012 at 5:41 PM ^

A scholly reduction can be a positive factor in recruiting but we should call it what it is. Lane Kiffin is a great recruiter. During his 1 yr at Tenn he was able to rake in players like Bryce Brown and Arnett, and he's doing the same at USC. Whatever he's selling, kids have always bought for some reason. Or maybe the young men are swept away by all of the "coincidental" orgies that take place everytime they visit...

Perkis-Size Me

July 18th, 2012 at 6:14 PM ^

i don't know man. james franklin has got his players believing in themselves and not settling for doormat status. they were insanely close to upsetting georgia and arkansas last year. there's a lot of momentum in that program. not saying they're contenders this year or even next year, but i could easily see why a recruit would want to go there now.


July 18th, 2012 at 7:43 PM ^

I'm a music major, and gigging jazz musician in Indianapolis. There is a good amount of musicians that work in both cities. The ones I know say without a doubt Belmont is the better music school, especially for recording engineers. So, the idea of Vandy having a leg up in that regard is kind of a myth. I suppose there is the close proximity to the scene there, but the school itself isn't as high profile as Michigan for recording. That's just my opinion, so take it as you will. 

Johnny Blood

July 18th, 2012 at 5:13 PM ^

I really hope Hoke can continue to build on the relationships he established while coaching at SDSU... there is just so much talent in California. 

USC will typically get the best players from the state, but that still leaves many top guys available that we would all love to come to Michigan.


July 18th, 2012 at 5:16 PM ^

Any chance Kiffin has found some kind of loophole and is going to sign more than their 18 everyone says they have?  I mean, they seem to still be leaders for a number of guys.

Musket Rebellion

July 19th, 2012 at 1:02 PM ^

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