Christian McCaffrey had a tremendous career at Stanford and could go in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. Younger brother Dylan will be a freshman quarterback at Michigan this season.
Now, a third McCaffrey brother, Luke, is emerging as one of the top recruits in the west and Notre Dame is recruiting him. Coach Todd Lyght stopped by Valor Christian on Tuesday to watch a morning workout.
“We had an early morning workout and he came and watched that and watched me throw a few reps,” McCaffrey said. “I think it went pretty well. We’ll see what we hear back.”
Although the McCaffrey didn’t get to speak with Lyght, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound recruit has a good feeling about Notre Dame and their cornerbacks coach, who has a connection with his father.
“(Lyght) seems like a great guy,” McCaffrey said. “The rules are restricted, so I couldn’t talk to him, but he seems like a great guy. I know he played against my dad.”
McCaffrey has an offer list of five schools: Michigan, Colorado, Colorado State, UCLA and Washington. Many schools plan to visit Valor this spring. Others have been contacting his coach.
“Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington, I think Stanford is coming in Friday this week and UNC has been talking a little bit and a few other schools.” McCaffrey said.
McCaffrey is looking for a school with strong academics and where he feels comfortable.
“Nothing too particular,” McCaffrey said. “Academics is one of my main focuses. Just the environment. I definitely want to play. Wherever I go, I want to be wanted. Mainly, if I fit in there, if I like it there and if it’s a great atmosphere for me. That’s probably the main thing.”
McCaffrey took in a live Notre Dame game last season.
“I went to the Notre Dame-Stanford game earlier in the fall,” McCaffrey said. “I got to talk to them more about the environment. Today, they were just watching me work out.”
McCaffrey plans to get back to South Bend.
“I want to check out one of their camps this summer,” McCaffrey said. “I’ll see when the dates line up. Hopefully, I can make it.”
When it comes to making his college decision, he will likely follow his brothers’ lead.
“I’d hope to get it done pretty early,” McCaffrey said. “I know that my brothers did it after their junior years, so if I did it then, I think I’d be in great shape. It’d help whatever school I’m going to. I’d get it off my shoulders for senior year.”
Several schools will see McCaffrey on campus this summer.
“I think I’m going to go out to a couple of schools that I have on my list, we’ll see,” McCaffrey said. “Nothing it’s official, but Notre Dame, UCLA and I’ll probably go up to Washington. I’ll probably go up to Michigan. I’ll probably go up to one of their camps and hang out with my brother a little bit. Other than that, maybe UNC and Penn State camps, but we’ll see how all that lines up.”
With four-star quarterback Phil Jurkovec committed to Notre Dame’s 2018 class, the Irish can confidently move on to the next crop of signal callers. McCaffrey will be one of those evaluations moving forward.