Position: Wide Receiver
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-3, 200 pounds
Projected 2012 Status: Possibly in rotation
Early Evaluation: "He's a guy we got on pretty early in terms of the recruiting process with film and contact. Max has a lot of family ties to Duke. His grandfather played here, and basically his entire family on his mother's side attended Duke, so we knew we had a lot going for us when we started the process."
"It was important for Max to go ahead and make an early decision so he could concentrate on having a great senior season. He committed in early June and didn't look back."
"As far as what we liked about him, he's a very tall receiver. We don't have a lot of guys with that kind of size on the roster right now. Everyone knows about the bloodlines, and you can tell his dad has helped coach him on the little things that separate great receivers from good ones. He always catches the ball with soft hands and puts himself in position to make plays." - Matt Lubick
The Expectations: "We don't have a lot of depth at the receiver position right now, so we are going into the season with the expectation that Max will play. He's a very talented player and, as I said, he's very smart on the field. He has all the tools to be a really good player for us very early on." - Zac Roper
The Transition's Biggest Challenge: "The physicality of this level is a challenge for a lot of younger receivers. Not only are they playing against guys who may have 20 to 30 pounds on them, these guys are really fast as well. With our blocking scheme, it's important these guys understand how to block on the perimeter, which means they could be matching up with guys who would have played linebacker in high school. A year ago Blair Holliday, who we think is going to be very good for us, struggled early on with the change in physicality, and it's something Max will have to deal with early in his career." - Matt Lubick
Recruiting Recap: McCaffrey committed to Duke on June 2, 2011 - shortly after completing his junior year at Valor Christian High. He chose Duke over offers from Stanford, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, and others.
"I committed for several reasons," he told TDD, "I suppose the main ones were the academic programs and the fact that I have had several family members attend Duke. I also like how I fit in with the program there."
Rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com, McCaffrey played mostly safety as a junior for Valor Christian. Last season he recorded 33 tackles and four interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively he did see some time as a receiver and managed six catches for 149 yards. But, as the son of former Broncos WR Ed McCaffrey, Max felt a tug towards the offensive side of the ball.
"I prefer to play wide receiver and Duke recruited me as one. I prefer playing receiver even though I played mostly safety and corner back last year. I feel like I can provide an offensive spark and look forward to playing receiver at Duke."
After a strong senior season at Valor Christian, McCaffrey was invited to the Semper Fi All-Star game where he was continually recruited by his teammates, but he remained firm. Here's the video interview from that game: