Sunday, March 17, 2013
McCaffrey going on spring break tour
By Damon Sayles
For ESPN Watch List athlete Christian McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian), there’s literally no such thing as an off day. Spring break is included.
Next week is spring break for McCaffrey, and the 6-foot, 193-pound athlete is planning a West Coast trip. McCaffrey said he will venture to Washington, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Arizona State. All five schools have offered, in addition to 15 others.
“Recruiting’s going well. It’s definitely starting to pick up,” McCaffrey said. “I’m starting to talk to new schools and am still keeping in touch with present offers.”
McCaffrey is listed as an athlete on many boards, and he’s showing himself to be an “athlete” with his extremely hectic schedule at Valor Christian. Along with playing football, McCaffrey also plays basketball and runs track.
Immediately after Valor Christian’s football season, McCaffrey joined the basketball team and became an instant contributor. He led his team to Saturday’s Colorado Class 4A boys basketball state championship game, which Valor Christian lost to Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colo.) 51-40.
Starting Monday, McCaffrey will focus his attention to track and field. He’s a top-notch sprinter for his high school, competing in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as the 4x100 and 4x200 relays -- all while squeezing in time for offseason football training.
It’s the complex life of the son of a former NFL receiver, but it’s the life McCaffrey chooses to live. McCaffrey, the son of former Denver Broncos standout Ed McCaffrey, said he’ll continue the hectic athletic rotation until it’s time to focus on one sport in college -- which, he said, will be football.
“It definitely gets hard at times, but it keeps me busy and keeps a good head on my shoulders,” McCaffrey said. “I enjoy basketball and love track, but I’ll play football in college. I’m going to do all this as long as I can.
“Surprisingly, it keeps me on top of my grades, knowing I have to take time for all of it. I guess it all just becomes a habit.”
McCaffrey’s latest offer came from Georgia Tech several days ago. He has additional offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Duke and Boise State. He’s already visited Duke and Stanford. He's also visited Alabama, a school that hasn't offered but is considering making one.
In addition to being an ex-NFL player’s son, McCaffrey also is the younger brother of Duke receiver Max McCaffrey. Ed McCaffrey played his college ball at Stanford.