Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian 2017 quarterback Dylan McCaffrey (6-5, 200) is no stranger to the recruiting process.
Two older brothers played at Valor Christian and signed with Power 5 schools. Oldest brother Max is a receiver at Duke after being a Semper Fidelis All-American and another brother, Christian, is a running back at Stanford after being an Army All-American.
Then there is their father, Ed, a longtime NFL receiver who played at Stanford.
The third McCaffrey brother could end up being the most heavily recruited of all of them.
Northwestern is also planning to see McCaffrey throw this week.
“UCLA and Michigan have come over to see me throw and then so did Colorado,” said McCaffrey.
The Bruins joined the mix last week in offering the four-star.
“Coach (Noel) and (Taylor) Mazzone came and watched me throw and they’re definitely a school I’m interested in and an offer I’m excited about,” said McCaffrey. “I mean, it’s UCLA, they have a great program and a great college atmosphere. I’m going to try and get out there this summer to visit UCLA. Noel Mazzone is the main one recruiting me there.”
Michigan offered not long after Signing Day.
“Coach (Jim) Harbaugh was who offered me but I’m also talking a lot with Coach (Jedd) Fisch,” said McCaffrey. “He’s the main one recruiting me.”
Penn State was McCaffrey’s fourth offer.
“Coach Ricky Rahne, their quarterback coach, is the one I talk to mostly and he’s the one who offered me,” said McCaffrey.
Colorado was the first to offer McCaffrey.
“Coach Mac (Mike MacIntyre) and Coach (Toby) Neinas are the ones recruiting me, and them being so close, I have a good relationship with them,” said McCaffrey.
New Colorado State coach Mike Bobo extended the Rams offer to McCaffrey.
“After he got hired, Coach Bobo offered me at Colorado State,” said McCaffrey.
McCaffrey said he expects more schools to come see him throw, with Oregon being one he knows is coming back.
Duke and Stanford, where his brother’s play have had minimal contact with him.
“I’ve heard from Duke and Stanford a little bit, but not much,” said McCaffrey.
And that’s fine with McCaffrey, who said he’s actually hoping to carve his own niche.
“I’d like to make my own path rather than go somewhere because my brothers are there, but really, its going to come down to wherever fits best. I’m still pretty young right now so I have a lot of time to decide,” said McCaffrey. “Right now, any school has a chance. I’m just looking where I fit best, where I like the coaching staff and where I have the best chance to succeed.”
His brothers, though, have been a big help to him in the process.
“My brothers have both been extremely helpful, just knowing how to deal with all of this,” said McCaffrey. “It goes real fast so they know what to expect.”
McCaffrey plans to use this summer to visit schools and to start being more active in his own recruitment.
“This summer is big for me, where I’m going to get out and visit some schools and see which ones jump out to me,” said McCaffrey. “I haven’t gotten out there yet, so we’re planning for it this summer.”
Growing up in an athletic family, especially in Colorado where current and former Broncos are revered, the spotlight has been on the McCaffrey’s.
But Dylan has seen how his brothers have handled it and taken it in stride.
“Sure, there is a lot of pressure because our family has had a lot of success, but it helps because my brothers and I all played different positions so we could all do our own thing,” said McCaffrey. “Max was a receiver and Christian was a running back and I’m a quarterback so we all had our own positions. We have another brother who will be a quarterback at Valor too and he’s versatile.”
The brothers had some pretty entertaining games growing up.
“We would go out on the grass and invite over the neighbors and just play football for hours and we always had a pretty good team with just us,” said McCaffrey.
McCaffrey will be at The Opening Regional in Eugene and will also camp at Michigan and potentially some more schools this summer.
Academically, McCaffrey has a 3.8 overall with a 4.0 currently and will wait until his junior year to take the SAT and ACT.