Contrary to possible popular belief, I do not know the McCaffrey family. I am simply an admirer of their accomplishments in the sports world and I wrote about them earlier here: http://collegefootballcrazy.com/the-mccaffrey-family/
I don’t need to promote the sons of Ed McCaffrey, they are doing just fine on their own.
Much has happened on the football field since I wrote about the McCaffrey’s last.
Over on the East Coast, the McCaffrey family and Duke go back 3 generations.
In 2014, Duke Wide Receiver Max McCaffrey caught 37 passes for 385 yards and 3 Touchdowns. Duke lost top Wide Receivers Jamison Crowder and Issac Blakeney from the 2014 season to graduation and Max McCaffrey will need to step up. He will be a senior and he has 65 career receptions, with the ability to have a huge senior season which he will need if he wants to be noticed by the NFL.
Max supposedly ran a 4.47 40 yard dash when he came to Duke, so he has that speed that came from his grandfather. Max is listed as 6-2, 195 and while he is not as big as his father was, he is still big enough and fast enough to make an impact in 2015. I believe he just might.
Way on the other side of our great country, the McCaffrey family goes back only 2 generations. The McCaffrey’s second son chose Stanford where his father played football and his mother played soccer over Duke where his grandfather ran track and his older brother currently plays.
As a true freshman at Stanford, Christian McCaffrey ran for 300 yards and caught 17 passes for 251
yards and 2 Touchdowns.
McCaffrey also had 9 punt returns averaging over 17 yards per return. As a kickoff returner, he had 5 at an average of 18 yards per return.
Stanford fans complained that Christian McCaffrey did not see the ball enough and look for his touches to increase greatly this season.
The 6-0, 197 sophomore has added some strength and some size while maintaining his speed. He looked really good in Spring Drills running at Tailback and could be the starter there this season. Stanford and head coach David Shaw understandably loves a bigger back, and Christian McCaffrey is not that. But, what he does bring is speed and quickness and a lot of heart.
From everything I have seen, heard, or read, all of the Stanford coaches, the players and everyone involved with Stanford really love this young man and what he brings to the table on and off the field.
The third McCaffrey brother Dylan will be a junior in high school next season. Like his older brothers did before him, Dylan attends Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch. Located just outside of Denver, this suburb is where all of the ex-athletes in the area sends their children and it’s a powerhouse in football winning many state championships.
Dylan McCaffrey is the only Quarterback so far in the family and has already been offered a scholarship by home state Colorado and then recently he has been offered by the Michigan
Wolverines and Jim Harbaugh. Those numbers will continue to increase over the next season.
Obviously, he is fleet of foot but he surprisingly has a nice looking arm. Standing 6-4, he is the only son so far that inherited something of their father’s height, or length as people say now.
In 14 games during the 2014 season, Dylan threw for 2,378 yards on 167 completions from 279 attempts. He also had 22 Touchdown passes against only 6 Interceptions. On the ground, he had 296 yards rushing and 6 Touchdowns. Not too bad considering he was a sophomore.
The recruiting battle for Dylan McCaffrey should be interesting to watch. Will he try and follow oldest brother Max to Duke and his grandfather’s and Uncle’s school? Or will he follow older brother Christian and father Ed to Stanford? Or, will he branch out on his own and go with Michigan and Jim Harbaugh? Maybe he would consider staying near home in the beautiful mountains of Colorado and try and lead the Buffaloes back to their golden age.
I have no idea, and will not pretend to have any inside information, which direction the third son of the McCaffrey family will choose.
I just know that he is a talented athlete and should make somebody a good Quarterback in a few years.
The youngest and last brother, Luke, will be a freshman at Valor Christian this next season.
Are we to believe he won’t be an outstanding athlete, also?