Stanford lands No. 1 prospect in Colorado
All-purpose back Christian McCaffrey from Valor Christian High School in Littleton, Colorado announced Wednesday morning via Twitter that he’d be joining the Cardinal next year.
"My heart just really led me there," McCaffrey said, according to The Denver Post. "I felt like it was the best opportunity for me to get the (most) out of football and my position, and also to get the (most) out of academics. When I visited there, it felt like home. I felt like it could call it home for four-to-five years.”
McCaffrey, the No. 1 prospect in the state of Colorado and No. 5 all-purpose back in the country (247Sports), picked Stanford over 22 major programs such as Notre Dame, Florida State, Ohio State and Oregon, among others.
Ed and Lisa McCaffrey—Christian’s parents—both played sports at Stanford during the late 1980’s. Ed was a star wide receiver, while Lisa played soccer.
"I'm extremely blessed and extremely excited to get out there and be a Cardinal," said McCaffrey.
Oregon’s spread offensive system seemed to have been the perfect fit for McCaffrey’s versatility in the backfield, but instead he will give Stanford's pro-style offense a lot of options as a speed back and excellent pass-catcher.
During his junior season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound McCaffrey rushed for 1,390 yards and 23 touchdowns while adding 675 yards receiving and 14 scores. He was named the All-Colorado offensive player of the year.
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