Michigan landed one of its biggest targets in the 2017 class on Monday night as quarterback Dylan McCaffrey committed to the Wolverines. The Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian junior had long held Michigan high on his list, and committed at this time largely to begin recruiting on behalf of the Maize and Blue.
“There really didn't seem to be much competition here for McCaffrey, despite him holding double-digit offers,” Scout’s Greg Biggins says. “That's how solid a lead the Wolverines were holding. In fact, we even talked to some schools who said they liked McCaffrey quite a bit but didn't want to offer because they felt he was already locked up for Michigan.”
That should also give Michigan coaches and fans confidence in the firmness of his commitment even being nearly a year away from next Signing Day.
“(The commitment) definitely ends me taking visits,” McCaffrey said to The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb. “I’m pretty dead set (on Michigan) unless something super traumatic happens. But I’m dead set on Michigan. I’m rock solid. I’ll definitely go to some camps, but no college camps, kind of the Nike camps and (others similar). I’ll get out to Michigan’s camp hopefully and that’s about it from there.”
McCaffrey is a prospect Biggins says “checks off every box you could want.” His father, Ed McCaffrey, was a 13-year NFL veteran as a wide receiver. His mother, Lisa, played soccer at Stanford and her father, David Sime won a silver medal at the 1960 Olympics in the 100 meter-dash. His brother Christian was a Heisman finalist at Stanford last season and another brother, Max, had 117 career receptions as a wide receiver at Duke.
Beyond those bloodlines, Dylan has size (6-5, 195 pounds), production (6,056 passing yards and 68 touchdowns in two varsity seasons) and a winning pedigree (threw two late touchdowns in a comeback victory in the state title game). He was an All-American selection, first-team all-state selection and was named player of the year in the state (5A).
“He has not only the physical tools but more importantly, the makeup required to lead a big time program,” Biggins said. “He could use a redshirt year to get bigger and stronger but it also wouldn't surprise us if McCaffrey is able to step in and compete for playing time right away. Following the signing of Brandon Peters in the 2016 class, it's safe to say Michigan QB recruiting is in a very good place right now.”
Some of that makeup showed through as he talked about his commitment to Michigan. Despite the accolades, the success, and now the verbal commitment, McCaffrey knows he still has to work.
“I definitely need some work,” he said. “I’m getting there. I need to get a little thicker and improve the quickness in my feet, but I think compared to most I make some good decisions. I have a stronger arm than a lot of kids I’ve seen as well. That kind of helps me out. There is definitely some stuff to work on … a lot to work on in order to be a good college quarterback, but I’d say I’m a guy that’s willing to do that and I really will do whatever it takes to be great.”
McCaffrey added that he has already began recruiting for the Wolverines. Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones was one player he said he was working on.
Wolverines offer 4-star Kentucky tackle
Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette’s Jedrick Wills, a powerful, highly-recruited offensive tackle, was offered by Michigan on Tuesday. Ranked by Scout as the nation’s No. 7 player at his position, the Wolverines will battle Notre Dame, Auburn, Ohio State, Alabama and may others for him.
At this time, he does not have a visit to Michigan set up.
2018 quarterback adds U-M offer
After landing Peters and McCaffrey, Michigan has already turned its attention toward the 2018 class of quarterbacks and offered Newbury Park (Calif.) product Cameron Rising already. Rising (6-3, 180 pounds) passed for 3,213 yards and 40 touchdowns while rushing for another 756 yards and 12 touchdowns last fall.
An early four-star prospect on Scout, Rising has additional offers from California, Washington State, Oregon State, Arizona and more.
“It seemed surreal to be offered by one of the best college football programs ever,” he said to The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich.
Rising said he would like to visit Ann Arbor but has not set anything up yet.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.