Jim Harbaugh has placed a major emphasis on the quarterback position since arriving in Ann Arbor. On top of targeting the best the nation has to offer at the position, the Michigan football program has secured two transfers and hosted a summer quarterback camp to let the nation know that the coaching staff is serious about recruiting the position.
The Wolverines had the opportunity to host one of those talented gun slingers in 2017 Valor Christian (Colo.) Highlands Ranch junior quarterback Dylan McCaffrey. The Colorado four-star quarterback made it into Ann Arbor Friday night and stayed until Sunday.
It was a visit he cherished.
“It was awesome,” McCaffrey told The Michigan Insider. “It was such a great experience and I loved how all the fans were going crazy. It was such an incredible game and awesome to be a part of.”
The six-foot-four, 195-pounder holds 13 offers to date. He has visited Duke recently and admits that the atmosphere U-M has to offer is the best the nation has to offer.
“Yeah, honestly it was,” McCaffrey said. “I am from Colorado and not everyone is that much into college football. They absolutely love football here and were going crazy for awhile there especially in the fourth quarter.”
While McCaffrey didn’t get much time to interact with the coaches after the game, he did get the opportunity to talk with quarterback/passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch and liked their attitude after the tough loss.
“I got to talk to Coach Fisch,” said McCaffrey. “They pretty much had the game won except for those last ten seconds. It was still good and they still had a good attitude about it. They just said they got to accept it and move on and come out next week and give them hell.”
Despite the loss, the Wolverines sit 5-2 on the season and their headman has been leading this resurgence, which many have taken notice, including McCaffrey.
"Coach Harbaugh has done such a great job over there and watching him was kind of incredible,” McCaffrey said. “Everyone likes him and he has kind of turned that program around. With the past couple years, I think they deserve all the success that they have had this year. I love the way they coach and work to get the best out of the players they have.”
After getting the chance to take in the game and atmosphere, his interest in U-M is still very strong.
“They are definitely at the top amongst other schools and it was great to get to visit them,” said McCaffrey. “Now, it is time to compare to other schools and see how they fit.”
McCaffrey is still hoping to visit UCLA and LSU later in the season.
Interview by Sam Webb