Atlanta (Ga.) Grady running back Marcus Caffey makes his decision..…
Caffey Eager To Decide
Marcus Caffey, the 6-foot, 188-pound three-star running back from Grady High School in Atlanta, Ga., says he does not have a timeframe for making a decision, but it'll likely be sooner rather than later. "I've been wanting to commit since the summer," Caffey admitted. "But I wasn't ready. I'm hoping to do it soon though." Caffey has official visits scheduled with Arkansas on Jan. 14 and Illinois on Jan. 23, but admits there's a good chance he'll be committed somewhere by then. "I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't take those trips," he said. Ranked as the No. 49 running back in the country by Scout.com, Caffey now favors Purdue slightly over Kentucky and those two lead solidly over Arkansas, Illinois and Vanderbilt. All have offered. "I'm looking at everything," he said about his criteria. "I want to see how the coaches are and how I'll feel there and if I could be there for four to five years." His two leaders, Purdue and Kentucky, are also the two that are recruiting him the hardest and he visited both earlier in December. Caffey's first visit was on Dec. 10 to Purdue. "It was really cool," he said. "I think very highly of them. I love the campus…it's very nice. I felt comfortable there. It's got a lot of brick buildings and it's very clean. The whole area is well taken care of." Another thing that Caffey likes about the Boilermakers is their head coach Danny Hope. "Coach Hope is an honest dude," he said. "He's cool and you can talk to him about anything." Caffey visited Purdue while school was still in session, but when he went to Kentucky students were already out for holiday break. "It was really peaceful and pretty quiet," he said. "But Kentucky was nice too," he said. "I got pretty close with all the coaches and they are very straight-forward guys. They told me they think I'm very athletic and that they want me at running back and that I could possibly play early." Most schools are recruiting Caffey as a running back, but he says that Arkansas has talked with him about playing defensive back as well. "I think they're going to be a big-time program in the SEC in the next few years," he said about the Razorbacks. "They always produce great players, especially running backs." Illinois wants Caffey strictly as a ballcarrier. "I like the power run offense they do," he said. Caffey previously listed Tennessee in his top five but says the Vols are no longer recruiting him. Grady High School went 12-2 in 2010 and Caffey had 1,611 yards rushing for 18 touchdowns. He reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 19 ACT.
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