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Michigan lands first quarterback of 2019 class with pledge from Cade McNamara

With the 2018 recruiting classes all signed and gearing up for spring practices, college football programs now shift their focus to recruiting the best prospects from the Class of 2019.

For Michigan, they have already gotten off to a good start in that department. And on Friday, they landed their first quarterback commit from the Class of 2019, in 4-star pro-style signal-caller Cade McNamara (Reno, NV).

McNamara (6-foot-1, 187 pounds) is listed as the top overall player from the state of Nevada in his class, and is regarded a top-10 pro-style quarterback, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.

The commitment from McNamara comes roughly two weeks after he announced that he was decommitting from Notre Dame, where he had been verbally pledged to since last July. Michigan formally offered him a scholarship this past January; he also received offers from USC, Alabama and Georgia in between the Wolverines’ offer and him decommitting from the Fighting Irish.

Through his first three seasons at Damonte Ranch High School in Nevada, McNamara has completed roughly 57 percent of his passes, throwing for just over 9,000 yards and 107 touchdowns versus 29 interceptions.

The quarterback position will be extra fascinating to watch in Ann Arbor as far as the 2018 season goes. Michigan will have two returnees in redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters as well as Dylan McCaffrey, who redshirted his freshman year this past season. They also have an incoming freshman and early enrollee to the school in Joe Milton.

Michigan has also lost two quarterbacks from the 2017 team this offseason, when both Wilton Speight and Alex Malzone departed the program as grad transfers.

The biggest intrigue, however, revolves around Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson, who made his decision formal back in December. Patterson has yet to be ruled ineligible to play in 2018, and reports are saying it is due to Ole Miss not receiving transcript of Michigan’s waiver request. Until that happens, the NCAA will not come to a ruling regarding Patterson.


With the addition of McNamara, Michigan now has six verbal pledges from the Class of 2019. As previously mentioned, McNamara is the first quarterback to commit to the Wolverines.

The Reno-based hurler is also the fifth 2019 prospect rated 4-stars or higher that Michigan has nabbed thus far. It’s a class for the Wolverines that currently ranks 2nd only to Wisconsin in the Big Ten and 5th nationally.

McNamara is the second recruit from the Class of 2019 in a span of a little over three weeks for Michigan; the most recent pledge coming from 4-star offensive tackle Trente Jones (Loganville, GA).


Written by Alex Muller

MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (News-Herald, Press & Guide).

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