Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Gatorade Colorado POY talks new offer
By Damon Sayles
Before ESPN Watch List athlete Christian McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian) makes a springtime tour through the West Coast, he managed to pick up an offer from the other side of the country.
McCaffrey, the reigning Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year, on Monday scored an offer from Florida State and upped his offer count to 21. Offered by Seminoles recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster, McCaffrey said the Florida State is a program that has always garnered respect from him.
“I think the world of it,” he said, “and I am excited to continue to talk to them.”
McCaffrey said he plans on visiting Washington, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Arizona State sometime during the spring. A Florida State visit is possible, but it has not been discussed as of yet. McCaffrey has offers from all of the aforementioned programs, as well as Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Penn State, Duke and a host of others.
McCaffrey, a 6-foot, 193-pound running back/receiver hybrid, could be an asset at Florida State -- or anywhere else -- primarily because of his versatility. He rushed for 1,390 yards and 23 touchdowns and averaged nearly nine yards per carry on the ground. McCaffrey also caught 55 passes for 675 yards and 14 touchdowns.
McCaffrey scored 41 total touchdowns during his junior year and helped Valor Christian win the Colorado Class 5A state championship and the program’s fourth consecutive state title. He had 166 total yards and the lone touchdown in the 9-0 championship victory against Aurora (Colo.) Cherokee Trail. Valor Christian won a 3A championship in 2009, back-to-back 4A titles in 2010 and 2011 and the 5A title in December. McCaffrey has yet to finish a high school season without a state championship.
Perhaps he can do the same at the next level, whether it’s at Florida State or someplace else. While Florida State has shown interest in him, McCaffrey said the program definitely has its characteristics.
“I would say obviously the history of success and also the tradition” he said, “And Coach Brewster seems awesome.”