McCaffrey talks recruiting

With a focus on the 500-mile radius, Nebraska is checking out this Colorado running back, who already sports an offer from the Huskers.

Christian McCaffrey from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian enjoyed a state title run as a junior. The 6-foot, 190-pound running back said that last year didn't start off great, but the team came together as the season progressed.

"Our season went well," McCaffrey said. "We ended up winning state so it was a real good year. We started off the season with two losses, but we had a team that hadn't played a lot together. We gelled quickly as a team."

One of the big reasons for Valor Christian's success was McCaffrey's production at the running back spot. "I had 2,500 yards rushing and 42 touchdowns. I was all-Colorado and I was Gatorade Player of the Year."

McCaffrey breaks himself down as a running back by saying that he's a speed guy first. He lives on the edges of the field and says that while he's not known for being a big between the tackles runner that it's something that he will get better at.

"I would say that I am a speed back," McCaffrey said. "I am good at making people miss in the open field. I can get to the edge quickly and use my speed and quickness to get to the outside.

"I am not a guy that is known for running between the tackles, but that is an area I can definitely improve in. I have good vision too."

It's only February and McCaffrey is getting close to 20 offers in hand. He can name a huge chunk of them all off, but there are a few that definitely get overlooked when he has to just name them off.

"I think that I have 19 or 20 offers. I can try and name them all off for you. I have offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Iowa, North Carolina State, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Washington, Nebraska, Michigan, Oregon, Utah, North Carolina, Oregon State and a few others."

It's difficult to really take it all in, but McCaffrey is doing his best to sort through the schools and determine which schools he will go take an early look at. He's already been on a couple of junior days, one last year as a sophomore, and his upcoming trips won't all necessarily be junior days.

"I am going to start taking some visits in the spring whether it's a junior day or not. I just want to get some time to go and see some schools. I am going to decide which schools I will go and see.

"I have been to a few junior days already. I went to junior day at Alabama and Stanford my sophomore year. I don't know which schools I will go and look at this year yet."

Signing day is a year away, but McCaffrey has a good idea what he's looking for in a school. He says that he wants to be comfortable at the school not just as a football player, but also as a student.

"I think somewhere that I feel comfortable not only playing football, but a place where I form relationships with the players and other students at the school. I am looking for a good academic program where I feel like am getting the best education I can."

The Nebraska offer found its way to McCaffrey about a month or so ago. He says that he has had conversations with both the recruiting coach and the running backs position coach from Nebraska. He likes the offense at Nebraska and the fact that they like to run the football.

"I got the Nebraska offer about a month ago. I have spoken to Coach Barney Cotton who recruits the state and I spoke with Coach Ron Brown who is the running backs coach.

"I know that Nebraska likes to run the football. That is a big positive to me. They are an excellent football team who has had a tremendous amount of success in the past. I think that the coaches I have spoken with from Nebraska have been extremely honest and nice to me which means a lot too as far as building a relationship. I am definitely excited about Nebraska."

Christian is the son of former NFL veteran Ed McCaffrey, and younger brother of Duke freshman Max McCaffrey.

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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