2017 Season Countdown: #89 Dylan McCaffrey

2017 Season Countdown: #89 Dylan McCaffrey

May 9, 2017

Dylan McCaffrey (image via MLive)

Name: Dylan McCaffrey
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 197 lbs.
High school: Castle Rock (CO) Valor Christian
Position: Quarterback
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: McCaffrey was a senior in high school. He completed 204/306 passes (66.7%) for 2,796 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Final TTB Rating: 91

McCaffrey comes from a uniquely athletic family that has been discussed ad nauseam, so I won’t go over all that again. Michigan offered him in February of 2015, and he held off for a while, but he chose the Wolverines in February of 2016. This is nothing new in recruiting, but it’s odd to realize that we’ve been aware of him for over two years now . . . and he’s still almost three months away from starting his first fall practice. Anyway, he put up some good numbers for Valor Christian, led the team to a 10-3 record, and won a state championship without looking like a truly dominant high school player. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he was third on the depth chart; however, he played well in the game, and his place on the depth chart may have been related to missing the first day of practice while receiving an award.


This fall I think McCaffrey will redshirt. McCaffrey has a good deal of physical development to do, including strengthening his upper and lower body, as well as simply adding mass to a 6’5″, 197 lb. frame. Additionally, Michigan has two quarterbacks with starting experience, and the third guy has arguably looked the best during the spring. Unless there are injuries on the level of Maryland’s a few years ago, McCaffrey should be spending this year soaking up everything he can in an attempt to succeed Wilton Speight in a year or two.

Prediction: Redshirt


  1. Lanknows
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    May 09, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Agree with this, because I think Speight is locked in as a starter and O’Korn and Peters will battle it out for 2nd String.

    That said, if one is inclined to think Speight can be beaten out by a younger/better talent – I would not rule out McCaffrey. Peter’s extra year is obviously an advantage, but not one that can’t be overcome.

    It’s worth remembering summer of 2004, when the presumed starter was Matt Guttierez. His injury opened the door for others (and that could happen to Speight). A big shot RS Freshman was supposed to be battling Guttierez (future MLB pitcher Clayton Richard, who had a higher Rivals rank than Peters). People were very excited about both Richard and Guttierez (so not an exact parallel with everyone already picking at Speights warts in 2017.) There was even an unexceptional senior who was “in the conversation” but who everyone assumed would not win (Spencer Brinton). The guy who ended up starting as you all know was true freshman Chad Henne.

    Not saying, just saying.

    • Thunder
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      May 09, 2017 at 6:06 PM

      I think the only way McCaffrey can overcome Peters is if Peters does something off the field to get himself in trouble. McCaffrey’s not physically ready for the Big Ten.

      • Lanknows
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        May 09, 2017 at 6:44 PM

        Are you accounting for the 15 pounds of muscle he’s going to put on by fall to catch up with Peters physically?

        You’re probably not.

        Neither am I.

  2. Avatar
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    Joined: 10/3/2015
    May 11, 2017 at 4:34 PM


    Out of curiosity, if you had performed this same exercise the last few years, would any Michigan recruits have made your top 3-5? Guessing Peppers and Gary would been included.

    • Thunder
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      May 11, 2017 at 4:37 PM

      You underestimate me! I’ve been doing this for years. No freshmen have ever been in the top 3-5. For example, Rashan Gary was #23 last year.

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