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Redfield goes Notre Dame; Duarte picks UCLA
Orange County's top two football recruits provided some early excitement Friday for National Signing Day next month.
Mater Dei tight end Thomas Duarte, the Register's offensive player of the year, and Mission Viejo safety Max Redfield, the Register's defensive player of the year, announced their college commitments at national all-star games.
Redfield, the county's No. 1 recruit for the class of 2013, committed to Notre Dame while Duarte gave a verbal commitment to UCLA.
The first day that high school football players can sign a national letter of intent with a university is Feb. 6.
Redfield (6-2, 195), a one-time USC commit, had narrowed his decision to the Trojans, Notre Dame and late addition Ohio State.
"Aside from the incredible academics, great football program and amazing campus, I felt at home there and really bonded with the players there," Redfield wrote in a text message of Notre Dame from the Under Armour All-America game in St.Petersburg, Fla.
"The commits and I feel like we can really trust all the coaches."
Redfield made an official visit to South Bend the weekend of Oct. 13 and saw Notre Dame's 20-13 overtime victory against Stanford.
Duarte (6-3, 225) made his announcement during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at The Home Depot Center in Carson.
He listed the Bruins, Notre Dame, Oregon, USC and Washington as his final picks.
"I measured out all the pros and cons to every college but every time that I stepped on UCLA's campus, I got that feeling of I'm home," Duarte said. "The coaching staff, the players, we just got along from Day1."
Two other recruits announced their commits at Semper Fidelis game. Long Beach Jordan cornerback John Ross (5-9, 170) committed to Washington, while running back David Williams (6-1, 192) of Philadelphia, Pa., committed to South Carolina.
North Carolina commit Ryan Switzer caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Missouri commit Eddie Printz with six seconds left to lift the East past the West, 16-13, at the Semper Fidelis game.
Duarte played tight end and finished with one reception for 10 yards.
With Redfield and Duarte now committed, Tustin lineman David Maka (6-5, 350) moves to No. 1 in the Register's updated rankings of uncommitted recruits. Maka will make his first recruiting trip Jan.18 when he visits Kentucky as a defensive line recruit, the senior said in a text message Friday.
Maka also is interested in visiting Utah and UCLA.
Santa Margarita offensive lineman Riley Sorenson (6-4, 325) is ranked second to Maka.
Sorenson hasn't set up an official recruiting trip but said he is interested in visiting Cal, Washington and, perhaps, UCLA.
The Bruins are loaded with offensive line recruits. Orange Lutheran guard and UCLA commit John Lopez said during practice for the Semper Fidelis game that the Bruins have nine offensive line commits.
TESORO SAFETY COMMITS
Tesoro safety Nick Crouch (6-1, 200) has committed to Sacramento State.
"I like their schedule because they always play Pac-12 teams," Crouch wrote in a text message of FCS Sacramento State.
Laguna Hills defensive end Peter Eggert (6-4, 227) was offered by Air Force on Friday. ...
Edison quarterback Alek Torgersen (6-3, 210), who helped the Chargers captured the CIF Southwest Division title, has been offered by Penn as a quarterback/punter, Edison coach Dave White said.
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