Recruiting Update: Could Max Redfield be Oregon’s Latest “DAT-Style” Steal?

S/DB Max Redfield (4-Star/Mission Viejo, CA/Rivals100)

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Oregon’s 62-51 drubbing of the hated “southern smog,” appeared to have been the final straw. Sunday night, highly touted safety Max Redfield (4-Star/Mission Viejo, CA/Rivals#3-Rated S) broke away from his commitment with “Lane’s lackies” and intends to visit Oregon, a program he maintains is very much in the running to land his skill set. The 6’2″, 195 lb. torpedo will show up in Eugene sometime in the near future and stressed he will do so with “an open mind.”

Slowly but surely veering into the path of current Oregon catalyst De’Anthony Thomas, Redfield could be the latest blue-chip recruit that Chip Kelly & Co. bring north of the California border. As many will recall, Thomas — a native of Los Angeles — was a virtual lock to suit up for his hometown team until some late-in-the-game Kelly magic swayed the young phenom.

Almost 2,500 miles away, current “annoying tree” commit Peter Kalambayi (4-Star/Matthews, NC/Rivals100) is giving the Ducks a double take. “Oregon is the only school I am considering besides Stanford,” said Kalambayi. “I’m genuinely interested in the program… I know I’m going to take an official visit there.” A strong second level linebacker, Kalambayi’s 6’2″, 230 lb. frame is college-ready and figures to be a dominant force if he opts to suit up for Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti. “I love the defense and the way the linebackers go after the quarterback. I really like the coaching staff and Coach (Don) Pellum at Oregon… They definitely know what they are doing.”

A surprise visitor in Eugene last month, Victor Egu (3-Star/Concord, CA) continues to bide his time. “I’ve only taken the one official to Oregon. I’ll decide after our season is over what I’m going to do,” said Egu. Following his mid-season visit, Egu noticed “the unity of the team” and professed “I love how close the team and the staff are to one another… That really caught my attention in a big way.” Egu’s almost-expected commitment would sit him alongside the likes of Tyrell Robinson (4-Star/San Diego, CA/Rivals250) as Oregon’s second linebacker in the class of 2013.


An academic aspect may provide the Ducks an inside track to land safety Leon McQuay III (5-Star/Seffner, FL/Rivals#2-Rated S). “I didn’t know Oregon had a music program, and they are starting an audio engineering program,” said McQuay. “They have so much technology up there. They are years ahead of everyone else up there.” Currently, McQuay III is racking up impressive stats on the field and promises to be one of the top defensive preps of 2013. As evidenced by his stay in Eugene, distance from home does not seem to be an issue. “It’s just hopping on a plane… I liked pretty much everything (about Oregon),” said McQuay III. (Autzen) Stadium was different than anyone I’ve ever seen… It was a cool place.” Closing in on the last month of the regular season, the Ducks have a chance to land two of the nation’s top three safeties in Redfield and McQuay III; stay tuned!

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Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media. Flores has over seven years of professional journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback. Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!" Twitter: @MarkDFlores

  • Weston

    Everything I’ve read about Redfield said that there were two main reasons he de-committed: (1) Oregon won’t allow visits by committed athletes so, if he wanted to visit UO, he had to de-commit and (2) he’s rather enamored of Notre Dame.

    True, Mark?

    Interesting comments from McQuay. Thanks. “Years ahead of everyone else” sounds very promising.