The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have their first commit of the Class of 2019: Cade McNamara. The 6-foot-1, 185 pound signal caller from Damonte Ranch (Reno, Nev.) High School announced his verbal commitment Monday on Twitter.
I have made my decision to play quarterback at Notre Dame. I'm all in!☘️ pic.twitter.com/JpZ9KCdENU— Cade McNamara (@Cademac_QB) July 17, 2017
"Notre Dame checked all the boxes for me," McNamara told 247 Sports. "Speaking with coach Rees, coach Kelly, and coach Polian all had a big impact on my decision. I wanted to play for a national championship contender and I feel that their description of a quarterback describes me perfect. I knew there was something special when I stepped onto campus."
McNamara chose the Irish over offers from the Wisconsin Badgers, San Diego State Aztecs, Hawaii Warriors and Nevada Wolf Pack. It’s the second year in a row that a quarterback is a first commit to the class. The 2018 class features four-star Phil Jurkovec from Pine-Richland High School (Gibsonia, Pa.).
McNamara does not have a rating yet from the recruiting services, but 247 Sports’ Tom Loy says “this is a really good get for Notre Dame.”
“McNamara has a quick release, clean mechanics and moves really well,” wrote Loy. “Watch him on tape as a sophomore and you'll see a young man with a terrific command of the offense. He goes through his reads and progressions, while making timely throws.”
The Irish typically take one quarterback per class, so the focus for 2019 can now move to other positions of need. Notre Dame has already extended an offer to a Class of 2020 quarterback, Drew Pyne of New Caanan (Conn.) High School.
The current Irish depth chart at quarterback includes Brandon Wimbush with three years of eligibility remaining, as well as Ian Book and Avery Davis with four years left. Montgomery VanGorder has two years remaining. Nolan Henry is a walk-on.