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McCaffrey hauls in Pac 12 offer

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It's been just more than a week since Christian McCaffrey's most recent junior highlight film was sent to college coaches. And already, he's reaping the spoils.
The Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian running back picked up offer No. 11 on Tuesday night, when the coaching staff at Arizona State decided it had seen enough to pull the trigger. With his high school team alive in the third round of the state playoffs, McCaffrey hasn't had time to give the Sun Devils much thought. For now, he can only offer up a first impression.
"They're a good team in an awesome area and have great facilities," he said on Wednesday. "They have a new coaching staff that is really trying to change that program around."
ASU had been in limited contact with the Colorado-based junior. Before Tuesday, the interaction came through the mail. A letter here, a postcard there. It wasn't until McCaffrey's new game film hit Tempe that the switch flipped. Sun Devils offensive coordinator Mike Norvell made the call.
"Coach Norvell basically just said they'd really like to have me come in and be an impact player," McCaffrey said. "He just kind of expanded on that."
McCaffrey, a 2014 prospect, refuses to name frontrunners at this stage in the process. His brother currently plays wide receiver at Duke and his Hall of Fame father, Ed, is a Stanford alumnus. He does everything he can to avoid saying family ties give the Cardinal and Blue Devils an early edge, but there's plenty of reason to believe otherwise.
"Stanford played at CU last week, so I got a chance to go down there and meet up with Coach (Mike Sanford), the running back coach," McCaffrey said. "It was great to meet up with him. I went to my brother's game against North Carolina a couple weeks back, which was good. I got to talk to the Duke coaches a little bit, but I was with my mom and brother for the most part."
His words come with a disclaimer. McCaffrey recoils when asked if it's safe to assume Duke and Stanford have an early leg up in the race. He puts the gas to the floor in an effort to back up. Limiting his options is the last thing on his mind at this point.
"I'm going to wait until the end of the season to start narrowing things down at all," he said. "If a team is interested in me, I'm interested in them. That's where I'm at right now.
McCaffrey will turn his attention to basketball immediately following the conclusion of football. He plans to take unofficial visits during his track season this spring.
McCaffrey has been invited to the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine as well as the Under Armor Combine. He's uncertain if he will attend either because of possible commitments to high school basketball.
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