June 6, 2016
ANN ARBOR – Dylan McCaffrey is already the top-ranked 2017 quarterback in the nation and the Michigan commit proved why over the weekend while competing against the best of the best.
McCaffrey, a five-star quarterback from Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., was one of 12 players selected Monday for the Elite 11. He earned a spot at the Nike The Opening Finals through his performance at the Elite 11 Finals, which took place Friday through Sunday in Los Angeles and featured 24 of the nation’s top quarterbacks under the direction of head coach Trent Dilfer. The Opening Finals will be July 5-10 at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
“When we look at Dylan, and this came up last night in the war room, you find it very hard to believe that he’s not going to be uber successful,” Dilfer, a former NFL quarterback, told Scout.com on Sunday. “There’s only so many young men built like him that have his athletic makeup.”
At 6-foot-5 and 196 pounds, McCaffrey is the No. 1 quarterback and No. 19 player overall in the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports Composite rankings. He verbally committed to Michigan on Feb 15. McCaffrey is the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and younger brother of Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.
“I just have to keep working,” McCaffrey told Bleacher Report. “I think there is a lot of room for improvement for all of us that are out here. That’s what it takes to succeed at the next level and I just want to be the guy that takes what I’ve learned here and use it to help me continue to grow as a player.”
It’s the second year in a row Michigan had player named to the Elite 11. Brandon Peters, a four-star recruit from Avon, Ind., who signed with Michigan in February, was selected last year.