Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Ohio State offers athlete with a pedigree
By Brad Bournival
Ohio State headed out West for its latest offer and it came with a very familiar sounding name.
Athlete Christian McCaffrey (Highland Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian) was offered and if the name rings a bell, it should. His father Ed was a three-time Super Bowl champion and former Pro Bowl selection.
Christian is no slouch himself. He has been labeled Colorado’s top recruit in the Class of 2014 by the Denver Post after an incredible junior season.
The 6-0, 195-pound McCaffrey was named the All-Colorado Offensive Player of the year and was the state’s Gatorade Player of the year as well.
His stats are mind-boggling as he scored 42 touchdowns last season with 1,390 yards rushing and 675 yards receiving while also spending time at cornerback.
The Buckeyes wasted no time at all in telling the ESPN Watch List junior where they want him. It’s at running back, where he scored 23 of those 42 touchdowns.
And Ohio State’s offer isn’t one the two-time all-state selection is taking lightly.
“The offer means a lot,” McCaffrey said. “I was really excited. It’s an honor that they see the talent in me.”
Ohio State isn’t the only school that thinks that way, as Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Wisconsin all want him as well.
McCaffrey’s brother Max plays wide receiver at Duke and is a projected starter. The Blue Devils have quite a history with the family as Christian’s grandfather and uncle both played football there, while another uncle was a basketball player as well.
Regardless, Christian is keeping his options open and really sees himself helping out at the next level no matter where he chooses.
“I feel I bring energy and a lot of competitiveness to a team,” he said.