If you're old enough, you recognize the name, but here's one thing you should know -- Christian McCaffrey did not receive a scholarship offer as a favor to his father. He's one of the most dynamic running backs ever recruited by Stanford, and it won't be long before he begins making an impact on the field.
McCaffrey's high school statistics are eye-popping (1,858 yards rushing, 721 receiving, and 43 total touchdowns). While those numbers might've been slightly inflated due to the lower caliber of competition he faced while playing for Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, nothing can diminish the talent that shines throughout his highlight package. His versatility out of the backfield leads Rivals.com to rank him as the third-best all-purpose back, a list sometimes populated by players not considered to be pure runners, but McCaffrey's film shows a dominant running back who's fast enough to get around the edge, quick enough to cut back against the grain of the defense, and smart enough to hit the correct hole.
McCaffrey committed to the Cardinal almost a year ago, turning down a slew of offers from perennial powers such as Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, and Wisconsin. (It should be noted that Ed McCaffrey did not attend any of those schools.)
So how good might this young man be? His combination of running and pass-catching ability makes it difficult to find a comparison in recent Stanford history (Glyn Milburn comes to mind), but it's possible that he could end up making some history of his own. It wouldn't be a surprise if McCaffrey develops into an All-American or even a Heisman candidate. He's that good.