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