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Valor Christian Football

Luke McCaffrey of Valor Christian High School in Colorado comes from a football family. He'll continue his career at Nebraska beginning in 2019 after committing to NU on Monday.

Meet the players who plan to don Husker red in the coming years.

High school

My school: Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, Colorado).

This week: Valor Christian has a 9-0 record and the No. 1 ranking going into Friday’s game against Highlands Ranch. The Valor Christian head coach is Luke’s dad, Ed, who played wide receiver in the NFL for 13 seasons and won three Super Bowls while playing for the 49ers and Broncos.

Position: Quarterback.

Rankings: ranks McCaffrey as a three-star prospect. He’s the No. 3 ranked player in the state according to Rivals.

Other sports: Basketball, lacrosse and track.

The college life

Projected position at NU: Quarterback.

First contact with the Huskers: “It was last year, pretty soon after coach (Scott) Frost took the job, coach (Barrett) Ruud came to our school making his yearly rounds so I met him there. And then it went from there and I took a visit and they ended up extending an offer.”

Date committed: June 4.

On his recruiter, quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco: “I don’t have a perfect way of describing him, but I think he looks at the game in a very similar way that I like to look at, just from a technique and strategy standpoint. I think he’s awesome. The perfect amount of crazy, and the perfect amount of enthusiasm and just everything you want in a coach.”

If I wrote my recruiting profile

Height: 6-foot-2.

Weight: 180-pounds.

Mel Kiper would say: “Hard working. Likes to be a leader and do anything he can to help the team win.”

Quick hits

On having his dad as his head football coach: “It’s been awesome. Our staff has crazy good experience. I think we have 16 Super Bowl rings just throughout our coaches (including Ed McCaffrey, Brandon Stokley and Nebraska native John Howell), and a couple of other guys who played in the league and been around the game forever. So it’s awesome just to be able to soak in every little experience you can from these coaches.”

On the best sporting event he’s ever been to: “I went to Super Bowl 50 (in 2016) with the Broncos and Carolina Panthers. That was a good one. But I’d say it’s got to be the Rose Bowl (in 2016) that my brother (former Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey) was in, so his sophomore season, and they played Iowa and there was a lot of hype around it, and he got in the game. That was a lot of fun to watch on a personal level.”

On all the positions he’s played in high school football: “My freshman year I played quarterback on JV and then I was a backup safety on varsity and returned kicks. And then sophomore year, I did a little bit of everything. I played kick return, punt return, receiver, quarterback, running back, safety, cornerback. Last year I was mainly a quarterback, then got in a few plays at receiver, but mostly just for trick plays, and stuff. And I played cornerback and safety a little bit as well. And this year quarterback.”

— Brent C. Wagner


Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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