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Schools chase McCaffrey but he’s ‘100-percent Michigan’

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Dylan McCaffrey throws during the Aerial Assault camp Saturday at Michigan.

Ann Arbor – Dylan McCaffrey, one of the nation’s top quarterbacks, is firm in his commitment to Michigan, but he still gets badgered by coaches from other schools trying to persuade him away from the Wolverines.

McCaffrey, a 6-foot-5-inch, 195-pound high school senior, the son of Ed McCaffrey, the former NFL receiver, and younger brother of Stanford Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey, was in Ann Arbor this weekend to participate in the Aerial Assault quarterback camp.

There were 240 participants, according to quarterback coach / pass game coordinator Jedd Fisch, and a number of elite coaches, NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, and several former Wolverine quarterbacks, including Todd Collins, Brian Griese, John Wangler, Devin Gardner and Denard Robinson.

McCaffrey, wearing No. 1 on his camp shirt, will be a Michigan freshman in 2017 and until then he will continue to fend off advances from other schools.

“Yeah, they do, and I tell them, ‘Thank you, I appreciate it, I’m 100-percent Michigan,” McCaffrey said Saturday during a break in the Aerial Assault camp. “The world’s crazy. But I definitely tell them I’m 100-percent Michigan and I’m going here.”

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He wanted to be at Michigan Saturday to sponge information from the coaches and former quarterbacks while also mingling with future teammates.

“I came in with a huge mindset of being able to learn, because this is a great opportunity with so many NFL guys, so many NFL coaches here who know what they’re doing and have proven they know what they’re doing,” McCaffrey said. “I came in with a huge attitude thinking, ‘I want to learn, I want to get better from them.’”

But he also had a blast participating in what some might consider more unorthodox drills during a quarterback camp. But Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said he likes to identify athletes, and the best way is by having the players play other sports.

At one point, the quarterbacks were divided into teams and played soccer and later, each caught a fly ball, then had to hit the cutoff man – Cutler, the Bears quarterback – and then had to field a grounder hit by Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown.

“It’s a great opportunity to get out and compete,” McCaffrey said. “It’s more fun than almost every other camp I’ve been to because you can learn so much and have a great time doing it.”

Harbaugh said Saturday he also has picked up some new ways to teach drills from the coaches and players who worked with the high school quarterbacks.

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McCaffrey liked hearing his future coach says he also believes he still has plenty to learn.

“That’s the kind of coach I want, especially a coach who’s always going to continue to learn,” said McCaffrey, who attends Valor Christian in Colorado. “One thing football has taught anybody, you’re never at the top, really. There’s always more you can improve on. There’s always new things to learn, and always new things to try. That’s great. That doesn’t surprise me at all (about Harbaugh), and I think that’s a good thing.”

While the quarterbacks worked on the field inside Glick Fieldhouse and the adjacent outdoor fields, the first UM Big Man camp was held Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Among those participating was Nico Collins from Pinson, Ala., one of the nation’s top receivers in the 2017 class.

During the weekend, McCaffrey said he’s tried to hone his recruiting skills.

“I’ve been trying,” he said, smiling. “There’s a Big Man camp going on in the Big House and been talking to a lot of those guys. There were some receivers here last night that I think, I mean, you gotta keep trying.”