Michigan football has had its 2017 quarterback in the class for a few months now in Dylan McCaffrey (Littleton, Colorado).
The five-star prospect is currently in Beaverton, Oregon for the Elite 11 Finals and The Opening, Nike’s event for top high school talent hosted on the company’s campus. Even with all of the accolades and praise, he knows exactly what he brings and his style of play.
“I like to think of myself as smart,” he said. “I only threw four picks total last season. My team does a very good job of mixing up what we do. I know we’ll run a lot of pro-style..we’ll drop back, but then we’ll throw in some veer in there too, so I think that’s a big part of my game to mix things up and keep a lot of teams honest.”
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is known as a guru of sorts when it comes to the quarterback position, and McCaffrey says it means a lot to him to stand out to a coach like that.
“It’s an honor. For him to mention my name is so great, much less to be coached by him for the next four years,” he said. “I completely trust him and Coach (Jedd) Fisch with what they tell me, so I think that’s one of the biggest parts of making a college decision is that I trust them and they’re trying to put me in the right place.”
So, when did the Wolverines become the school for him?
“Not really anything (Harbaugh) said. I think it was kind of him just keeping on pushing me towards it,” McCaffrey said.
“The moment it kind of clicked was when I was watching the bowl game, I found myself cheering them on every single play, and I sat down and looked up and I’m like ‘huh, this is weird. I don’t cheer for any other team like this.’ So I think that kind of...that’s when it all hit me and I’m like, ‘I’m going to Michigan.’”
Many know the McCaffrey name from his older brother, Christian, who was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy at Stanford this past season. Dylan shared a humorous anecdote about his brother in the video below:
Video Credit: Bud Elliott (@SBNRecruiting)