The McCaffrey family quickly is becoming football royalty. Father Ed was a three-time Super Bowl champion. Oldest son Max just finished his career as a starting wide receiver at Duke. Middle son Christian was the 2015 Heisman Trophy runner-up as a sophomore at Stanford.
Now a third McCaffrey son will play college football. Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian junior quarterback Dylan McCaffrey committed to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday night. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder is ranked the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback and No. 114 prospect overall by rivals.com.
“After much consideration, I am Very proud to announce I have committed to the University of Michigan,” he posted on his Twitter account.
Following 2016 defensive end Carlo Kemp out of Boulder Fairview, he would be the second straight top-ranked Coloradoan to sign with U-M.
While leading Valor Christian (12-2) to a state title, McCaffrey completed 64.7% of his passes for 2,800 yards, 27 touchdowns and four interceptions. He was named to the Denver Post’s all-state team. After a strong visit to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines’ last-second loss to Michigan State, the four-star recruit said he hoped to make a college decision during his basketball season.
The worry for Michigan fans was that his parents’ alma mater, Stanford, would come in and destroy whatever lead the Wolverines had built in the race for his services. However, the Cardinal has not yet offered a scholarship to McCaffrey and, in committing to Michigan, he indicated that he’s ready to go his own direction.
McCaffrey becomes the fifth commitment in Michigan’s class of 2017, after U-M lost a pledge from Covington (Ga.) Newton wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman last week. McCaffrey is the highest-ranked pledge (and only four-star) in the class, but the Wolverines are in the mix for several of the country’s best players.
Tim Sullivan is the football recruiting editor of The Wolverine magazine and thewolverine.com. He is also a contributor to national football recruiting coverage on the rivals.com network. You can follow him on Twitter @tims_wolverine.