NSD December 2018 - Luke McCaffrey
One of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback prospects, Luke McCaffrey will join the Nebraska program after leading his team to a Colorado state championship in 2018. McCaffrey has been an offensive standout at Valor Christian (Colo.) High School the past three seasons and produced big numbers through the air and on the ground as a senior.
McCaffrey was coached by his father, Ed, and guided Valor Christian to a perfect 14-0 record and a Class 5A state championship in 2018. McCaffrey threw for 2,202 yards as a senior, with 21 touchdowns and only four interceptions. On the ground he ran for 526 yards and eight touchdowns and averaged nearly 6.5 yards per carry. In the state title victory over Cherry Creek, McCaffrey passed for 169 yards, while picking up 72 yards on the ground.
As a junior, McCaffrey was a versatile offensive performer, while splitting time at quarterback with Colorado signee Blake Stenstrom. McCaffrey helped Valor Christian to an 11-1 record by rushing for 548 yards and passing for 878 yards with a 78 percent completion rate. He also had 147 receiving yards. McCaffrey was a First-Team All-Colorado choice as a quarterback by the coaches association, and was a first-team all-state pick by the Denver Post as an Athlete.
McCaffrey saw limited time as a quarterback as a sophomore in 2016, but provided Valor Christian with an explosive running and receiving option. He ran 23 times for 245 yards and two touchdowns, while catching 47 passes for 717 yards and nine touchdowns. As a defensive back, he made 42 tackles and had two interceptions, helping the team to an 11-3 record and a state title.
McCaffrey was ranked as the nation’s No. 142 overall prospect by ESPN.com, which listed him as the top prospect in Colorado and the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the country. He was also the top player in Colorado, the No. 11 athlete prospect in the nation and among the top 300 players in the nation in the 247 Sports Composite rankings.
McCaffrey had offers from numerous schools including Colorado, Michigan, Ohio State, Washington and UCLA to name a few. His father, Ed, played 13 seasons in the National Football League, and was part of three Super Bowl champion teams. His older brothers, Max (Duke/San Francisco 49ers) and Christian (Stanford/Carolina Panthers) have both played professionally, and older brother, Dylan, is a member of the Michigan football team.