Recruiting for quite a while, McCaffrey indicated that the decision to commit came to him out of the blue, though remains certain it was the right choice.
"I called Coach Cutcliffe first and then I called Coach Lubick. I told each of them I wanted to commit to Duke. They seemed to be excited and I feel really good about everything. My commitment to Duke is solid and I'm not looking at any other schools at this point."
Rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com, McCaffrey played mostly safety as a junior for Valor Christian. Last season he recorded 33 tackles and four interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively he did see some time as a receiver and managed six catches for 149 yards. But, as the son of former Broncos WR Ed McCaffrey, Max felt a tug towards the offensive side of the ball.
"I prefer to play wide receiver and Duke recruited me as one. I prefer playing receiver even though I played mostly safety and corner back last year. I feel like I can provide an offensive spark and look forward to playing receiver at Duke.
As a junior McCaffrey helped Valor to a second consecutive State Championship in 2010 while being named First Team All-State as a cornerback. He was also named to the All-State Academic team.
"Some scouting services had me ranked as the top returning cornerback in the state next year, but I am hoping to play more wide receiver too. I've also been blessed to be successful in basketball, which is my other sports passion. I play forward and was fortunate enough to be named First Team All-League as a sophomore."