Notre Dame loses commitment from four-star QB Cade McNamara

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame will have to get back into the quarterback market in the 2019 recruiting class.

On Friday, four-star recruit Cade McNamara announced on Twitter he backed off his verbal commitment to the Irish.

“I feel it is necessary to share that I have decided to de-commit from Notre Dame for multiple reasons,” McNamara wrote on Twitter. “The reasons for that decision will remain private between my family and Notre Dame. I have a huge amount of respect for their program and I wish them all the best.”

McNamara owned the longest-standing pledge in Notre Dame’s 2019 class since becoming the first to commit last July.

The 6-foot-1, 186-pound quarterback at Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch has been a hot name on the recruiting trail. Earlier this week, he added offers from both College Football Playoff finalists, Alabama and Georgia. Michigan and USC offered McNamara in the past few months as well.

McNamara was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nevada following a junior season in which he completed 225 of his 384 passes (58.6 percent) for 3,470 yards with 44 touchdowns and eight interceptions. 247Sports slates him as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him No. 9 at the position.

Notre Dame was ahead of the curve in recognizing McNamara’s talent. When the Irish offered in June, his only other offers were Wisconsin, Nevada, Hawaii and San Diego State. Quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees was able to evaluate him at a camp that month at Notre Dame and decided to make him a top target.

McNamara became the sixth quarterback in the 2019 class to receive an offer from the Irish. Only one, Paul Tyson, added a Notre Dame offer after McNamara committed. Now McNamara joins Tyson and Grant Gunnell as the only three Irish quarterback targets not currently committed to a program.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Tyson has visited Notre Dame twice previously. He completed 238 of his 336 passes for 3,392 yards and 36 touchdowns with four interceptions in his junior season at Hewitt-Trussville High in Alabama. 247Sports slates Tyson as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the class. Rivals ranks him No. 8.

Gunnell, a 6-6, 207-pound quarterback at Houston St. Pius X, had been committed to Texas A&M until February. He completed 361 of his 507 passes for 4,936 yards and 61 touchdowns with six interceptions last season. 247Sports slates him as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class. Rivals ranks him third.

Without McNamara, Notre Dame is left with three verbal commitments in the 2019 class: four-star defensive linemen Jacob Lacey and Hunter Spears and three-star cornerback K.J. Wallace.

The Irish have been very active with offers in the 2019 class in the last few months. Adding more quarterback offers to the list will likely be a priority.

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— Cade McNamara (@Cademac12_QB) March 2, 2018

Four-star quarterback Cade McNamara, a 2019 recruit, has backed off his commitment to Notre Dame. (Tribune Photo/MICHAEL CATERINA)