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New in Blue: 2017 QB Dylan McCaffrey

February 15th, 2016 by Justin Potts


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Dylan McCaffrey – QB | 6-5, 200 | Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian)
ESPN: 4-star, #1 QB Rivals: 4-star, #6 QB 247: 4-star, #2 QB Scout: 4-star, #3 QB
247 Composite: 4-star, #2 QB
Other top offers: Stanford, UCLA, LSU, Duke, Nebraska, Washington, Washington State, Penn State

Michigan’s 2016 recruiting class is less than two weeks old, but Jim Harbaugh reeled in another big fish on Monday evening when Littleton, Colo. quarterback Dylan McCaffrey announced his commitment to the Wolverines via Twitter.

The son of Denver Broncos legend Ed McCaffrey, and the younger brother of Stanford running back — and 2015 Heisman Trophy runner-up — Christian, is the second-best quarterback and 45th-best overall player in the 2017 class per the 247 Sports Composite. ESPN ranks him the highest as the best quarterback in the class and 25th overall. 247 ranks him second and 47th, while Scout has him third and 39th, and Rivals sixth and 114th.

McCaffrey led Valor Christian to the Colorado Class 5A state title this past fall for the second straight season. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound star threw for 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He also rushed for 592 yards and 13 scores en route to being named the Class 5A player of the year.

McCaffrey has scholarship offers from Stanford, LSU, UCLA, and Washington, among others. Assuming his commitment holds until next signing day, he will be a big recruiting asset for Harbaugh. One five-star receiver already took notice.

Peoples-Jones is the top rated receiver and ninth-best overall player in the class according to 247 Composite. The Cass Tech star’s recruitment should come down to Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State.

McCaffrey joins running back Kurt Taylor, offensive lineman Ja’Raymond Hall, tight end Carter Dunaway, and defensive back Benjamin St-Juste in the young 2017 class. He provides a great one-two punch along with 2016 signee Brandon Peters for the future of Harbaugh’s signal-callers. By the time he gets to campus, Shane Morris and John O’Korn will be fifth-year seniors Wilton Speight a true senior — assuming all are retained — Alex Malzone will be a redshirt sophomore, and Peters a likely redshirt freshman.

There’s a long way to go until Feb. 1, 2017, but McCaffrey gives Harbaugh a key piece to build around.