Reno (NV) Damonte Ranch quarterback Cade McNamara committed to Michigan on Friday evening. A recent decommit from Notre Dame, he also chose the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Georgia, and USC.
McNamara is 6’1″, 187 lbs. and claims a 4.8 forty. As a junior in 2017, he completed 225/384 passes for 3,470 yards, 44 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Overall, he has thrown for 9,089 yards, 107 touchdowns, and 29 interceptions as a three-year starter.
ESPN: 3-star, 78 grade, #8 pocket passer, #296 overall
Rivals: 4-star, #9 pro-style QB
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #9 pro-style QB, #302 overall
Hit the jump for more on McNamara.
McNamara committed to Notre Dame in July of 2017. Michigan offered him in late January, and he decommitted from Notre Dame in early March.
McNamara has some very positive aspects to his game. He moves well in the pocket and does a good job of keeping his eyes downfield on the move. He keeps his shoulders square to give himself an opportunity to make accurate throws downfield, and he has a quick release. He shows some quickness and can run a little bit if the pocket breaks down. Not only due to his stats, but based on his film, he shows excellent command of the offense and knows where guys are going to be; he doesn’t just wait for some random dude to pop open. McNamara throws the ball with nice touch and can drop it in over the top of defenders. He’s got a strong enough arm, though it’s not on the level of someone like Joe Milton. I also like McNamara’s toughness – he’s played a lot of football and shows an ability to take a hit.
On the negative side, McNamara isn’t very big at 6’1″ and 187 lbs. He may struggle at times to see past his 6’5″ offensive linemen, and Michigan may need to adjust its offense in some cases to play to his strengths. He’s not the most physically impressive prospect (size, speed, arm strength), so he will need to rely on his accuracy and intelligence. He also appears to run a shotgun spread offense, so he will need to learn to work from under center with fullbacks, tight ends, etc.
Overall, I like McNamara. It’s really not a very deep 2019 class of quarterbacks, but McNamara has some potential. He’s not a prototypical Jim Harbaugh quarterback (a.k.a. a 6’4″, 210 lb. guy), so it will be curious to see if this signals that Michigan is moving in a bit of a new direction. Anyway, one thing I alluded to up above is that I am not impressed with McNamara’s offensive line. Maybe it’s just the plays selected for his highlight film, but he is constantly running for his life and taking hits, and he doesn’t even appear to be a jittery guy who takes off too early. The highlights below just show a guy who needs to create as soon as he catches the shotgun snap. As I watch his film, I can’t help being reminded of Russell Wilson with his size, mobility, and throwing mechanics.
Michigan now has six commitments in the class of 2019, including one quarterback. There has been talk that Michigan could take two quarterbacks in this class after losing Kevin Doyle late in the 2018 cycle, and I could definitely see that happening. Not only are they slightly thin at the QB position already, but Shea Patterson could leave after the 2018 season if he’s eligible to play and plays well, leaving just Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey, Milton, and McNamara. Right now the class is only scheduled to have 11 players (LINK), but I think this class will be bigger than the 19-person group in 2018.
TTB Rating: I’m not posting 2019 TTB Ratings until I finalize the 2018 ratings.
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