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McCaffrey has football in his blood

8/22/2012

Running back Christian McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian) comes from a football family, so it’s no surprise he is already a highly recruited prospect heading into his junior season. His father, Ed, played for Stanford and eventually in the NFL, and his brother Max plays for Duke. Not only has he inherited the football gene, but he has some help for his recruitment as well.

“My dad basically just tells me to enjoy it; he makes it easy on me. He tells me to look at it as a blessing and not a burden,” he said. “He doesn’t push me into anything and is letting me decide. Plus, our coaches do a good job when it comes to recruiting and with college coaches.”

Outside of his family McCaffrey has also had teammates go through the process, including 2012 offensive lineman Alex Kozan, who eventually chose Auburn.

The younger McCaffrey already holds an offer from his father’s alma mater, along with offers from such schools as Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Duke, Iowa, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Washington. An impressive list for the 6-foot, 195-pound back who says he really has no favorites despite his family ties.

“I really watched everyone growing up. My parents went to Stanford, so I watched them a lot, but they weren’t necessarily my favorite,” he said. “I’ve talked to a lot of schools, Michigan, Oregon and a few others that haven’t offered yet, so I’m pretty open.”

It’s still early for McCaffrey, and he says he would like to see what other programs offer before getting too serious about the process. He might take a few visits during the season, but will ultimately put his main focus on his recruitment once his junior season is done.

Despite all the interest he has received early on, McCaffrey says Michigan is a school that he’s interested in learning more about.

“I like Michigan because I know it’s a good academic program and I want to take that into consideration. I’ve heard great things about the school and the atmosphere,” he said. “I know a few kids that went to Michigan, and they’re all great kids, but I don’t know a whole lot about them as far as the coaches and the team yet.”

The young back has good size for his age and position but says that isn’t his best attribute. A track runner as well, McCaffrey says he would consider himself more of a speed back than a power back.

“Most colleges like me for my speed, quickness, vision and agility. I think the spread fits me a little better, but I think I could fit into a pro-style offense,” he said. “I am getting bigger and we played spread because I was smaller than everyone my freshman and sophomore year. We might run between the tackles more, but I think I can fit into anything really.”