Notre Dame QB commits Jurkovec, McNamara earn Gatorade Player of the Year honors

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

It looks like Notre Dame's future is in good (right) hands.

On Monday, it was announced that 2018 Irish quarterback commit Phil Jurkovec has been named Pennsylvania's 2017-18 Gatorade State Football Player of the Year, while 2019 QB commit Cade McNamara took home the award for the state of Nevada.

Jurkovec — a 6-foot-5, 202-pound senior from Gibsonia, Pa. — completed 72.8 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,969 yards with 39 touchdowns and just six interceptions. The consensus four-star recruit also rushed for 1,211 yards and 24 touchdowns, leading Pine-Richland High School to an undefeated 16-0 record and a state title.

Meanwhile, McNamara — a 6-1, 186-pound junior — completed 58.6 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,470 yards and 44 touchdowns with eight interceptions and four rushing scores. He threw at least two touchdown passes in each game for Reno (Nev.) Davonte Ranch High School.

Both Jurkovec and McNamara were the first Notre Dame verbal commits in their respective classes. Jurkovec plans to sign with the Irish during the NCAA's early signing period, which runs from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22, before arriving in South Bend this summer.

The Irish are projected to have three other scholarship quarterbacks on their 2018 roster: senior Brandon Wimbush, junior Ian Book and sophomore Avery Davis.

@pjurkovec Congrats to Phil Jurkovec, Pennsylvania's 2017-18 Gatorade State Football Player of the Year. #GatoradePOY@PRRamsFootballpic.twitter.com/BJHZ9ANLMT

— Hudl (@Hudl) December 11, 2017

@Cademac12_QB Congrats to Cade McNamara, Nevada's 2017-18 Gatorade State Football Player of the Year. #GatoradePOY@DRFPmustangspic.twitter.com/G68LcrMkKt

— Hudl (@Hudl) December 11, 2017

Notre Dame quarterback commit Cade McNamara, a 2019 recruit, walks into Notre Dame Stadium before the Georgia-Notre Dame game. (Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA)