When news broke on Friday that Cade McNamara, the first commitment for the class of 2019, was decommitting from Notre Dame it came as a surprise since just last week he had reaffirmed his commitment and was reported to be planning another visit to Notre Dame in the spring.  Over the weekend, McNamara gave more details on why he decommitted though and it sounds like the Irish are completely out of the running at this point.

Here’s what McNamara told local NBC affiliate KRNV:

“Over the course over the past couple of months some things have been said, some things haven’t been done. Notre Dame just isn’t the best fit for me.” He also added, “I believe they (ND) might still try to recruit me. As of right now, I cannot see myself playing for Notre Dame just because I feel it’s not the best fit for me. That’s where I stand right now.”

That is quite a bit different than what he told the same news outlet less than a week ago.  It also seems to insinuate that Notre Dame was not completely honest with him since his commitment.  That is also a stark contrast to his statement on Friday when he said “I have a huge amount of respect for their program and wish them all the best.”

But such is life in recruiting.

McNamara also told KRNV that he is looking for the most competitive situation possible so that even if he doesn’t start in college he has a chance to make it to the NFL.  Those comments are likely aimed at attempting to squash the notion that he did like how the Notre Dame depth chart developed with Phil Jurkovec’s monster senior season adding to Notre Dame’s QB depth.

McNamara has also said that the influx of new offers did not alter his decision to decommit from Notre Dame.   The optics there are hard to ignore though.  McNamara was not shy about talking about the new offers he received from USC, Michigan, Alabama, and Georgia.  Compare that with how Phil Jurkovec handled the offers he received post Notre Dame commitment and the writing was on the wall here.

Whatever the real reason behind the decommitment, Notre Dame is left without a quarterback in the class of 2019 after essentially shutting down their recruiting efforts at QB last July following McNamara’s original commitment.  With a depth chart featuring four quarterbacks who have a combined 13 years of eligibility remaining – Brandon Wimbush (2), Ian Book (3), Avery Davis (4), Phil Jurkovec (4) -though, Notre Dame doesn’t need to be in scramble mode here and can remain selective.

One thing to keep in mind here as well is that even though this appears to be a bit of a messy breakup, there is precedent for Notre Dame to get back in the mix.  Just last year Notre Dame secured a spring commitment from Braden Lenzy only to lose him to Oregon in the summer followed by quotes from Lenzy in the fall saying he was lied to by the Notre Dame coaching staff.  As we all know Lenzy eventually decommitted from Oregon after the season and is set to enroll at Notre Dame this summer with a chance to see the field early.

Lenzy was quick to tweet the now former Notre Dame commitment on Friday following the news.

Things can change in a hurry in recruiting so while the door with McNamara appears near shut right now, no door is ever completely closed until a letter of intent is signed.

Notre Dame’s class of 2019 has reportedly sprung its first leak.  Four star quarterback Cade McNamara has reportedly decommitted from Notre Dame according to 247Sports.  McNamara originally committed to Notre Dame last July and was the first commitment for the class of 2019.

McNamara had recently started to pile up offers from the nation’s elite programs.  Alabama, USC, Michigan, and Georgia had all recently offered the California native.  As those offers started coming in, you could feel a bit of a sense of unease among Notre Dame fans, but there were no indications that the offers were going to result in a decommitment at this time.

Despite the offers, McNamara had reaffirmed his commitment earlier this week in an interview with NBC affiliate KRNV.  “It’s still very solid,” McNamara said of his commitment to Notre Dame.  “I still listen to the other colleges coming in, but right now, Notre Dame is the place for me.”

If 247Sports’ report is accurate, apparently that is no longer the case. At the time of this posting, the following tweet is still pinned at the top of McNamara’s Twitter profile.

It is also unclear at this time if Notre Dame is out of the mix all together or if the influx of offers has just compelled McNamara to reopen his recruiting and rather than say he is “committed” but still looking at other schools like some recruits do, he is opening it back up.

In terms of how this impacts the class of 2019, it shouldn’t be a monumental loss even though McNamara’s offer list has become quite impressive.  After landing All-American Phil Jurkovec in the last recruiting cycle and having Ian Book (three years left) and Avery Davis (4 years left) already on campus in addition to Brandon Wimbush (2 years of eligibility), Notre Dame has plenty of depth and talent at the position.

What makes this decommitment pretty interesting, however, is that 1) McNamara knew all of this when he committed so the depth in front of him likely wasn’t a factor and 2) this is now the second year in a row in which Notre Dame’s first commitment of the year has decommited.  Markese Stepp holds that distinction from the class of 2018.  It wouldn’t be surprising at all, if McNamara ends up joining Stepp at USC considering he also told KRNV that he grew up rooting for USC.

Notre Dame’s class of 2019 is still off to a very strong start – especially along the defensive line – but this is obviously not the best news to hear at the start of a crucial junior day this weekend.