Grady RB Marcus Caffey thrilled about Purdue commitment

Marcus Caffey rushed for more than 1,600 yards and scored 18 TDs at Grady this past season. He committed to Purdue on Sunday. (AJC photo by Collin C. Chappelle)

Marcus Caffey rushed for more than 1,600 yards and scored 18 TDs at Grady this past season. He committed to Purdue on Sunday. (AJC photo by Collin C. Chappelle)

Another one of Georgia’s big-time running backs is off the board.

Marcus Caffey, a 6-foot, 190-pound star at Atlanta’s Grady High, committed to Purdue on Sunday. Well, to be exact, Caffey made his commitment to Purdue public on Sunday. He said he actually gave the Boilermakers the nod “three or four days ago.”

“I just told people today,” Caffey said Sunday night. “I told Purdue earlier in the week and they said I could let people know whenever I wanted. I was just sitting in church today and decided to send out a text.”

Caffey rushed for 1,611 yards and 18 touchdowns at Grady (12-2) this past season. He said he chose the Big Ten and the Boilermakers over Arkansas, Illinois and Kentucky. He had double-figure offers, including Ole Miss and South Carolina from the SEC and Maryland and Wake Forest from the ACC.

“I kind of went with who was recruiting me hardest,” Caffey said. “But I went with Purdue because I liked the campus and the school. And I really feel like I can make a difference there. They really think I can.”

Caffey committed without receiving an offer from either of the in-state schools.

“Actually Georgia Tech was recruiting me but I don’t like Georgia Tech’s offense,” Caffey said. “And the University of Georgia, I feel like if they wanted me that would have recruited me. They didn’t really recruit me.”

The Bulldogs have been recruiting Caffey’s teammate, AJC Super 11 defensive back Damian Swann. In fact, at one point, Swann said he’d sign with the Dogs if they’d sign Caffey, his close friend since they were 4-year-olds. But the Bulldogs never responded in kind.

“I just talked to Georgia through Damian really,” he said.  “But I figure if Georgia wanted to recruit me they could have. I never got my highlight tape out, but I thought I did what I had to do on the field and in the classroom. I guess Georgia didn’t like what they saw.”

It was speculated that the Bulldogs viewed Caffey as a “Plan B” behind running backs they’ve already offered, including AJC Super 11 selection Isaiah Crowell of Carver-Columbus and Quan Bray of Troup. But Caffey said he won’t consider Georgia now even if it were to come forth with a late offer.

“I wouldn’t talk to them,” he said.

That said, Caffey said he still thinks his buddy will wind up in Athens. Swann plans to make his announcement — which is down to Georgia, Alabama and Florida — on Jan. 8 during the U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio.

“He already knows,” Caffey said. “Everybody at school is sure he’s going to Georgia. But as soon as you say that, then he throws you some curve balls and says he’s thinking about Florida or something. So I think it’s Georgia, but if he goes anywhere I wouldn’t be shocked.”

Of heading north to West LaFayette, Ind., Caffey said he has family from his mother’s side in Chicago and that he liked the idea of getting away from Atlanta, where he’s lived all his life. He also said he was attracted by Purdue’s engineering-heavy curricula.

“I might be do something in aviation, but I’m not sure yet,” said Caffey, a 3.0 student. “I mean, Purdue, when I went up there, I wasn’t expecting it to be that nice. And they really showed me the love up there. That really sold it for me.”

College Recruiting By Chip Towers

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bigtime

January 2nd, 2011
11:31 pm

bigtime

January 2nd, 2011
11:32 pm

bigtime

January 2nd, 2011
11:35 pm

This guy sounds like a great kid. I think UGA missed out on a good one here on and off the field

bwell

January 2nd, 2011
11:40 pm

Here we go again, letting a good kid go SOMEWHERE ELSE. Come on Coach Gardner, he is smart on and off the field just what the dr call for.

Truth

January 2nd, 2011
11:45 pm

42-34

“I don’t like GT’s offense”……

You heard it here first, Nerds.

Brainiac

January 2nd, 2011
11:56 pm

Do you geniuses realize that neither Tech nor Georgia is able to sign every good football player in the state? I read a post on the GAVSV this week that claimed 715 Georgians played Division 1 football this year.

I hope Caffey enjoys a fine career at Purdue.

rincon dawg

January 3rd, 2011
12:08 am

Good luck kid our loss is your gain because there is no way we get crowell now. Not after our showing and Bama s

dawgster

January 3rd, 2011
12:11 am

Yea the coaches had him as a Plan B…I hope plan A works out for them, they just lost a good one…Unbelievable evaluation of talent from our coaches…the kid wanted to UGA…Maybe he didn’t have enough stars…just like the kid from up in White County…Lowery, who went to kentucky…another offer not made…I know we can’t get them all but when you have some extremely gifted ballplayers wanting to come to your school, please give them a look…and lets not even discuss the disastier with the Gainesville High players the last few years with Blake Sims, AJ. Johnson, TA Jones…Someone needs to find out what the problem is with some of these kids…I mean not even seeing the kid’s highlight film…you have go to be kidding…i saw him in person, and he can flat out play this Caffey kid…good luck with Purdue…

billy the kid

January 3rd, 2011
12:11 am

rincon dawg: Circumstances have made they chances infinitely better for the Dawgs in landing Crowell. Dee Hart committed to Bama with his best friend HaSean Clinton-Dix. Crowell could still go to bama but it sure is a crowded backfield already with Richardson and Lacy now add Dee Hart.

UGA Athletic Dept Intern

January 3rd, 2011
12:14 am

oops my bad, I was suppose to keep an eye on this kid, on what he is twittering and texting but CMR told me to go pick up the plaques for the banquet. We gave out plaques enscripted with “7 – 6″ on them to give out to all the seniors but now we have to get them changed, and I got the blame..

rincon dawg

January 3rd, 2011
12:15 am

He’s a three star with tremendous upside. Those sometimes are the best to get.

dawgster

January 3rd, 2011
12:15 am

Good Point Brainiac…but this kid was a RB and we desperately need RB’s at least two in this class…not to even give him a second look is foolish on our part in my opinion…We may get two very good ones, but this kid deserved a look and when you have a kid that is that good that actually wants to come to your school, why not evaluate him, perhaps they did, but based on what he says it didn’t sound like much of an evaluation…I know one thing he is a better back than anyone we have on our roster that is actually playing right now…

billy the kid

January 3rd, 2011
12:17 am

rincon dawg

January 3rd, 2011
12:17 am

Intern they didn’t do that did they.

WCRG

January 3rd, 2011
12:27 am

Listen folks, this kid is good. Got to see him play a few times in the playoffs (against White Co. and Peach Co.). But he IS NOT the answer the Dawgs are looking for in the backfield. I wish Caffey well at Purdue, I think he’ll do well and get a great deal of playing time. But I don’t see him becoming any better than Ealey or King at the collegiate level.

dawgster

January 3rd, 2011
12:37 am

WCRG…that was two games that you saw, believe me this kid is better than Ealey or King…He may not be in the class of Crowell, but he wanted to be a dawg and would have worked his rear end off to get better…I haven’t seen that with Ealey or King…They are too busy with other things in their lifes such as off the field issues which takes away from their ability to perform at this level in my opinion…but i see your point regarding Caffey…

hennryowen

January 3rd, 2011
12:39 am

I have tried to lose weight dozens of times. “Hypersonic Weight Loss” really works, I even went on a cruise and came back 2 pounds lighter.

WCRG

January 3rd, 2011
12:48 am

Oh I’m sure he would have worked a lot harder than Ealey or King. I’m not saying his work ethic is bad or anything. I believe he would have loved to come to Georgia and would have worked really hard. But in my opinion, I just didn’t see enough to be convinced he could be a good SEC RB.

Sandman053

January 3rd, 2011
1:06 am

I think a potted plant would have at least made it to class and other appointments as opposed to King.

reality

January 3rd, 2011
1:43 am

I watched UGA and Tech get killed on defense ran though like swissed cheese… Brookwood had a hell of a linebacker… good as or better than Rennie Curran.. yeah the same one that save UGA’s butt so many times… hell of a student and they never looked at him… sad.. guess another losing season for the both of them.. sheesh….

Corey

January 3rd, 2011
2:50 am

Damn i really liked Caffey, but with the switch with Dee Hart…this opens the door up for Georgia with Crowell.

tide roll

January 3rd, 2011
3:46 am

Talk about passing on good athletes. What about James Carpenter Augusta), Chance Warmack (Atlanta), A.J. Hawkins (Atlanta), Roke Watkins (atlanta), Jujuan James (N. Gwinnett), and now Xzavier Ward(Moultrie). Also, Auburn and Kentucky are said to be pleased with the development of Ed Christian ( Valdosta) and Trevino Woods (athens) When you let this kind of offensive talent leave the state and move Bean Anderson and Kiante Tripp from offensive to defense, and instead go after the likes of Tanner Strickland and Jonathan Owens (who have quit or are going to) it’s obvious something is going on at Uga that has nothing to do with talent evaluation.Georgia and everyone associated with it should be ashamed.

renegade#1

January 3rd, 2011
3:46 am

Just when you expect UGa to something good what do they do nothing at all! The least they could have done is offer a scholly. Now the kid says he wouldn’t go to school at Ga. even if they offered. Damn the recruiters Ga has this is like going to your grandparents for Christmas and not getting a present. Someone over a UGa needs to step it up a notch or three they all seem to be overmedicated or just plain drunk.

tide roll

January 3rd, 2011
3:55 am

Especially that Howdy Doody look alike ya’ll call an AD. Tereshinski as S/C coach!? you’ve got to be kidding. Speaking on behalf of all the upper echelon teams in the SEC, thank you for these decisions Greg ” I get it ” McGarity. you make our jobs so much easier!

romedawg

January 3rd, 2011
5:13 am

Coach Richt should take them swimming only after they beat Boise State.

Reverend

January 3rd, 2011
6:07 am

Did he send out the text WHILE sitting in church?

Paddy

January 3rd, 2011
6:46 am

tide role…you do not speek for anyone on any team. Get over yourself. What a Maroon!

WrexNFx.aka.Ol' Wrecks

January 3rd, 2011
7:00 am

A pretty Recruit that played his HS FB in the CITY of Atlanta, that has no problem with a curriculum like GT’s, and yet this is what he had to say about GT:

{Caffey committed without receiving an offer from either of the in-state schools.

“Actually Georgia Tech was recruiting me but I don’t like Georgia Tech’s offense,” Caffey said. “And the University of Georgia, I feel like if they wanted me that would have recruited me. They didn’t really recruit me.”}

And so far not one reply from the CPJ Kool-aid drinkers, yet those same CPJ Toadies get goose-bumps when CPJ signs some 5-7 165 A-Back that is better suited for D1-AA.

This just goes to show that it is not just Wrex that hates CPJ Offense, and if GT is gonna have problem with those that DO Academically Qualify, then GT will always have problem Recruiting with CPJ “gimmicky System”.

Glenn

January 3rd, 2011
7:10 am

Okay, so ONE running back doesn’t like GA Tech’s NUMBER ONE RUSHING OFFENSE IN THE COUNTRY. What’s your point?

Read Brainiac's post

January 3rd, 2011
8:11 am

25 scholarships available- many times that number D1 athletles annually in this state. Caffey may be good, but UGA obviously is after bigger fish. And there are very few players that sign with a major college that have not been evaluated by both Georgia and Tech.

Tide Roll, I am sure JuJuan James and Xzavier Ward had offers from Georgia. You cannot make someone sign with you. Also, I would for you to answer a question. Are you disappointed that Bama let Cam Newton get away?! Talk about passing on a good athlete Was something wrong with Saban’s talent evaluation? Why did umpteen Bama high school athletes sign with schools other than Bama and Auburn? Maybe UGA does not offer every football player in the state has something to do with scholarship limits.

Johnny Too Good

January 3rd, 2011
8:49 am

there are alot of kids who dont like GA Tech’s offense, mostly skilled players though, its fine for defense and o-lineman

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatsJohnAnderson?feature=mhsn

layinlow

January 3rd, 2011
8:55 am

With only two offers from SEC schools it sounds like a lot of schools didn’t offer this guy. Doesn’t mean he won’t turn out to be a good player but I think some of you may be over selling this guy. I’m one of Richt’s biggest critics and I wanted him and his staff out this year but I have to defend them on this one. Georgia cannot get every good player from this state. With an average of about 25 scholarships per year and about a 100 or so top tier football players from this state, do the math.

DawginLex

January 3rd, 2011
9:06 am

Chip,

Do you think UGA will take some hits on the recruiting trail because of the perception that Richt only has one more year to turn things around?

RxDawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:16 am

Good luck to the young man.

RRTDawgs

January 3rd, 2011
9:20 am

Hey Chip what do you know about Samford Seay the dawgs have just offered this sleeper WR i have heard a lot good things about this kid very tall big has real good hands and good in the class room .

Worm

January 3rd, 2011
9:28 am

Good luck Marcus-Hope you’re the next Leroy Keyes!

GStateBen

January 3rd, 2011
9:29 am

More proof that Georgia Tech is sliding further and further down. You have a smart coach when you take advantage of 3 wins vs. incompetent coaching staffs in 2009 (Clemson, Florida State).

A recruit that could qualify and plays a position you should be able to recruit to stay and be featured and he escapes. Tech goes 7-5 or worse next year and all of a sudden the Johnson hire won’t be so excellent to Tech fans.

Pago Pago Dawg

January 3rd, 2011
9:36 am

Another Sterling Boyd…hope he likes the snow, cold and ice up North.

RRTDawgs

January 3rd, 2011
9:42 am

Verron Haynes to join the S&C staff .

state

January 3rd, 2011
9:52 am

Chip! DEMETRIUS HART 4 star running back from FL decommited from Michigan and commited to BAMA what do you think will be the impact of to ISAIH CROWELL decision to Bama?

sirluciouscp

January 3rd, 2011
9:57 am

GT sucks blueballs!!!!!!!!!

BIG BEE

January 3rd, 2011
10:00 am

HEY TRUTH, he must not have liked UGA either. It was his decision and I hope he made the right one. It is his life and not yours.

RxDawg

January 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

Um, I’m kinda shocked at how upset some people are that UGA didn’t offer this Caffey kid. UGA had their top targets at RB. They went after them, and it appears that they are giong to get them. Hello? I think that’s the whole point of recruiting. The biggest problem at UGA right now is that we’ve been getting to many “plan B’s” to play for us. Our team is riddled with mediocre players and we need some ballers now!

football fan

January 3rd, 2011
10:14 am

Tide roll you have posted this same thing for the last few days do you not realize that these kids go to the school that is best for them just because they live in ga it does not mean that dream of going to uga and you have to understand that you cant sign everybody! And for the record I watched roke watkins in high school and he wasnt half as good as he is now his time in juco developed him!

RRTDawgs

January 3rd, 2011
10:16 am

Good point Rx Dawg the Hart switch will help in getting Crowell we need impact RB and if Ingram came back that helps also and with new S&C program i hear they going to fix what the problem has been and that is finishing games .

1eyedJack

January 3rd, 2011
10:18 am

RRTDawgs, it appears that Sanford Seay may go the Ga. Military route ala Lonnie Outlaw. I wonder if he’s any kin to that WR Virgil(?) Seay out of Moultrie(?) way back when? That was one that got away.

MikeP

January 3rd, 2011
10:29 am

Are we to believe that Crowell is afraid he can’t beat Hart out so Crowell will look elsewhere? Anyway, if Crowell committed to bammer Hart would jump that ship at once. Hart dumped Michigan because they got a commitment from another RB, and Hart dropped Auburn from consideration because Auburn was recruiting two other RB’s. Hart won’t stay at bammer if Crowell commits there.

RRTDawgs

January 3rd, 2011
10:29 am

Ja’ Juan Story is looking around i know UGA is recruiting him hard still .

DawginLex

January 3rd, 2011
10:55 am

tide roll troll,

You do realize that it took playing against an undermanned MSU squad for Bama to find someone that the underachieving offensive line could block? Your line was horrid all year long.

RxDawg

January 3rd, 2011
11:03 am

I don’t think tide roll is actually a Bama fan. He talks more about Auburn then Bama. My guess is he’s just some Auburn troll. Who happens to be more repetitive than creative. Troll harder tide roll and I might actualy start reading your posts again.