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Luke McCaffrey opens up about brothers’ impact on recruiting process, more
I caught up with incoming 4-star quarterback Luke McCaffrey a couple of weeks ago. Here’s some of the questions and answers that didn’t make the original story we published following the interview.
Chris Bumbaca: What are some strengths in your game?
Luke McCaffrey: “Overall, probably leadership and the hard work that a quarterback needs to push their team to get what they want in every single game, which is a win.”
CB: What are some aspects of your game that you’re trying to focus on and improve? I know that obviously you’d like to improve everything, but if you have to choose one or two?
LM: “Especially this summer, I’m working on just how to ID defenses, make audibles and checks for however [the defense] is lined up so that there’s always a right answer and being able to just fully function and not think about my form, where I can just go freely and think with my mind.
CB: How did [Scott] Frost’s and [quarterbacks coach Mario] Verduzco’s track record with developing QBs play into your decision? How excited are you to get there and I guess be one of their projects?
LM: “I can’t wait to get there. I think the way they both look at the game, especially Coach Verduzco — just going so deep into some details — about the quarterback position is really intriguing. I can’t wait to get out there.”
CB: Do you have a football player whose last name is not McCaffrey?
LM: “I don’t know if I’d say I have a favorite player. There’s definitely some players I look at some and really try and do a little bit of things that they are doing.”
CB: Who are some of those guys?
LM: “Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers, DeShaun Watson, Marcus Mariota. Some of those types.”
CB: What motivates you?
LM: “The will to win, probably. I just want to get out there. I played a ton of different sports growing up. It really teaches you how to compete, especially being the youngest of four. You have to be tough and kind of grind to get what you want. So that’s something that really does inspire me.”
CB: How does going through that life experience [of being the youngest] prepare you for everything that you’ve come through now with the recruiting process and heading into your senior season, taking over a starting role, stuff like that?
LM: “It really helps that growing up I’ve seen every single scenario. I have three brothers and all three have had a different life and a different story. With Max, my oldest, has really shown me what it takes to get out there and love the game and appreciate it. He works harder than anyone I know, just to get a spot on a team. I think he’s going to do some great things coming up. Christian’s really shown me some of those same things in that area, but in different ways, and the same thing with Dylan.”
Grant Treiber has Nebraska in final group
Nebraska is not afraid to venture outside of its 500-mile radius if it feels it has the right fit with a lineman. Take, for example, tackles Willie Canty (2018 signee from Florida) and 2019 commit Matthew Anderson (Leesville, La.). But the expectation is for the Huskers to prioritize the quality linemen who exist in their recruiting breadbasket.
So it was good news when 3-star tackle Grant Treiber, from Sioux Falls, S.D., named Nebraska to his top four Tuesday. He told the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that the Huskers, along with Oregon, Iowa State and Minnesota, comprise his top group.
Treiber is not sure whether he will visit Nebraska before making a decision, which is expected to come in July.
“I would like to get down to Nebraska, but if that doesn’t happen, just talk to some of the coaches in my final few schools that I’m looking at,” he told the newspaper. “Talk to friends and family and start narrowing things down from there.”
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound prospect from Lincoln High School is the 68th-ranked tackle and the No. 719 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is the No. 2 prospect in South Dakota in the 2019 class. Treiber has visited Iowa State and Minnesota unofficially, and wrapped up an official visit to Oregon last weekend.
Nebraska offensive linemen Will and Matt Farniok also are from Sioux Falls (and rival Washington High), but Treiber has not reached out to them. Offensive line coach Greg Austin brings them up in his conversations with Treiber.
“Whenever we talk, we talk about the Farnioks … because they grew up and went to school here and now they’re [at Nebraska],” he said.
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