McCaffrey Explains His Decision

He became the Blue Devils' fifth verbal commitment form the class of 2012 on June 1st. So why did Max McCaffrey decide to attend Duke? TDD spoke with the three star prospect for the answer.

"I committed to Duke for several reasons," said Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian standout Max McCaffrey. "I suppose the main ones were the academic programs and the fact that I have had several family members attend Duke. I also like how I fit in with the program there."

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."


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