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4-Star QB Dylan McCaffrey's Commitment to Michigan a Major Win for Jim Harbaugh

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystFebruary 16, 2016

Colorado 4-star quarterback Dylan McCaffrey (in gray) committed to Michigan on Monday. The third of four McCaffrey brothers to commit to play college football, Dylan is the younger brother of Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey, who plays at Stanford.
Colorado 4-star quarterback Dylan McCaffrey (in gray) committed to Michigan on Monday. The third of four McCaffrey brothers to commit to play college football, Dylan is the younger brother of Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey, who plays at Stanford.Credit: 247Sports.com

From a college football perspective, any time you can get a McCaffrey brother, it's a win.

Duke had Max McCaffrey, and Stanford still has Christian McCaffrey. We know how those commitments worked out—particularly with Christian and his 2015 run for a Heisman Trophy.

On Monday night, Michigan added itself to the family/fraternity when the third McCaffrey brother, 2017 quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, gave his verbal commitment to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

As the nation's No. 2-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class, Dylan became Michigan's fifth pledge and the top-ranked pledge of the class. Perhaps more importantly, his commitment quickly silenced any potential question of landing a worthy quarterback for the upcoming recruiting cycle.

Dylan McCaffrey @dcaf20

After much consideration, I am Very proud to announce I have committed to the University of Michigan! #GoBlue https://t.co/spHPcFrQb5

McCaffrey, representing storied Valor Christian High School in Colorado, chose Michigan over offers from UCLA, Nebraska, Penn State, his oldest brother's school (Duke) and a handful of other programs.

According to the Denver Post's Neil H. Devlin, he has a 3.8 grade point average.

The 6'5" 210-pound quarterback already has an established football resume. McCaffrey led Valor Christian to its sixth state championship in seven years in December. He has thrown for more than 6,000 yards and 68 touchdowns in two varsity seasons.

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In short, the Wolverines landed one outstanding commitment.

"It's a great fit," McCaffrey told Devlin on Monday. "[Harbaugh] is a great guy. He's definitely out there. Say whatever you want, but it's all in the best way and you have to say he's a football genius. I know he's a competitor, and I like to think I am."

McCaffrey has ideal size for a quarterback and an accurate arm, whether he's in the pocket or throwing on the run. He has great feet and mechanics, and he plays the game with a lot of poise, as pressure situations never seem to faze him. McCaffrey has a high football IQ and plays the game with minimal mistakes.

In Harbaugh's stint as head coach at Michigan, he's signed three pro-style quarterbacks in 2015 recruits Zach Gentry and Alex Malzone and, most recently, 2016 recruit Brandon Peters.

Adding McCaffrey to the list will not only improve depth at a competitive position but also give the Wolverines another proven winner and game manager. It also removes the Wolverines from the potential domino effect of quarterbacks in the 2017 class. Elite quarterbacks are difficult to get, and with hundreds of schools recruiting a handful of talented targets, it's best to get an early commitment.

The 2017 class only has 15 pro-style quarterbacks and nine dual-threat quarterbacks rated as either a 4-star player or higher. Of those 24 total quarterbacks, only Clemson commit Hunter Johnson and Texas A&M commit Tate Martell are rated as 5-star athletes.

McCaffrey is ranked just behind Johnson. Now, it's Michigan's responsibility to keep him committed, but you can bet that is a primary responsibility of the Michigan coaching staff.

Talent comes via hard work with McCaffrey, but he also has great genes.

His father is former Denver Broncos receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion Ed McCaffrey. His mother is Lisa McCaffrey (formerly Lisa Sime), a dynamic soccer player at Stanford.

McCaffrey's uncle is Billy McCaffrey, who played college basketball at Duke and Vanderbilt before playing professionally overseas in the 1990s. His grandfather is David Sime, an Olympic sprinter, hurdler and former world record-holder in the 1950s.

Dylan can now say he's the next McCaffrey to solidify his college plansyoungest brother Luke, a 2019 quarterback at Valor, will be next—and Harbaugh and Michigan can say they scored a big win Monday night.

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter @DamonSayles.

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