Former Valor Christian standout Christian McCaffrey declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, who starred at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy last year, announced Wednesday he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

McCaffrey said in a statement he knew it was time to enter the draft after Stanford’s final regular-season game.

“When we played Rice, I kind of knew it would be my last game at Stanford Stadium,” McCaffrey said. “After the locker room cleared out and the field was empty, I stepped out to the Block S at midfield and stood there a while. I walked to the north end zone and grabbed some turf, just to feel it one last time. I turned back and walked to the south end zone, knelt down and prayed.

“I took in the moment without anyone there, and reflected on my teammates and all the great times we shared together on that field. I appreciated how far I’ve come, and how far this program has come.”

McCaffrey set the single-season NCAA record for all-purpose yards in 2015 with 3,864, as well as school records for most rushing yards (243) and all-purpose yards (416) in a game.

He was named the Associated Press’ College Football Player of the Year, the Pac-12 Conference player of the year and the winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in the NCAA, last year.

This season, McCaffrey finished with 1,603 rushing yards, 310 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. He helped the Cardinal to three bowl games, including Dec. 30 against North Carolina in the Sun Bowl.

McCaffrey was named the Rose Bowl offensive MVP after recording 368 all-purpose yards in a rout of Iowa on Jan. 1.

McCaffrey, the son of former Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey, starred at Valor Christian High School, helping the Eagles to multiple state championships.

His older brother Max also played at Valor before going to Duke. Younger brother Dylan quarterbacked the Eagles to the past two state 5A championships, including a win Saturday over Pomona. Dylan McCaffrey will attend Michigan in the fall.

Luke McCaffrey is a freshman at Valor and also plays on the football team.

“Since I was 6 years old, I’ve wanted to play in the NFL,” Christian McCaffrey said. “It’s been on every list of goals that I’ve ever written. Now, it’s time to take that step. There’s nothing more I can put on film.”