McCaffrey Making Own Mark

The Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian 2014 running back, Christian McCaffrey, is making an impression in the backfield...

Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian 2014 running back Christian McCaffrey (5-11, 195), is one of the top prospects in his class and one of the early standouts in state.

The son of former NFL standout Ed McCaffrey, and younger brother of Duke freshman Max McCaffrey, Christian is making a name for himself in the backfield, rather than as a receiver like his father and brother.

And to the double-digit schools that have offered McCaffrey, they see his future as a running back as well.

"I've got offers from Stanford, Boise State, Iowa, NC State, Duke, Colorado, Colorado State, Vanderbilt and Washington and some others. I can't remember them all, but I know it's around 15," said McCaffrey. "I'm also hearing from Notre Dame, USC, UCLA and Michigan."

While McCaffrey has a lot of time till he needs to make a decision, he does want to be deliberate in his approach, and that may include some early trimming of his list.

"I'll start eliminating some schools after the season," said McCaffrey. "But I'm open to everyone right now."

McCaffrey also plays in the secondary but said no schools are looking at him as a defensive back.

"So far, they're all recruiting me as a running back," said McCaffrey. "That's what I hope to play."

Last weekend, when Stanford was in Colorado to play the Buffs, running backs coach Mike Sanford stopped by Valor Christian to see McCaffrey play.

"It was cool having Coach Sanford there," said McCaffrey. "I mean, you still have to play ball, and it's nothing different, and I don't have any nerves or anything, but that was really cool that he came out."

Stanford is his father's alma mater, and Duke, being where Max is at, also has a family pull.

But McCaffrey said that where his family has gone or is at will have no bearing on his decision.

"I would say that every school that has offered me has my eye," said McCaffrey. "I haven't started limiting any schools or counting any schools out yet. It's a blessing to play D-I football, and I want to take some visits after the season."

McCaffrey had a big game with Stanford watching, a four-touchdown performance (two in the air, two on the ground) in a playoff-opening win.

"We're pretty happy with our performance," said McCaffrey. "We knew we had to keep playing because it's the playoffs. We just kept pushing. The offensive line did a great job and the receivers did a good job blocking down field."

McCaffrey and Valor Christian will play Gateway this weekend in the second round of the state playoffs.

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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