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.
I have made my decision to play quarterback at Notre Dame. I'm all in!☘️ pic.twitter.com/JpZ9KCdENU
— Cade McNamara (@Cademac12_QB) July 17, 2017
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.