Michigan will host a New Hampshire high school quarterback when Parker McQuarrie visits Ann Arbor June 22-23.
McQuarrie, a 2020 pro-style quarterback from John Stark Regional in Weare, N.H., and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh chatted by phone earlier this week and decided to set up a visit.
“I talked to him the other day about going down to visit Michigan. I’m excited to see the campus and check out the area of Ann Arbor in general,” McQuarrie said.
Pep Hamilton, Michigan’s passing game coordinator, stopped by McQuarrie’s high school in late May to discuss a visit for the 6-foot-7, 208-pound quarterback, as well.
As of now, the trip to Michigan is the only one McQuarrie has planned for this summer. He has offers to play for Michigan, Rhode Island and Rutgers. The Wolverines offered May 5, and the Scarlet Knights followed suit on June 1.
“I don’t think I am going to commit as early,” said McQuarrie, who had indicated in May that he might commit very early. “I definitely want to explore other options as they come and see where I’m at from there.”
McQuarrie went to Connecticut for its spring game and has been talking with Boston College and Harvard. He said he would rather play at a Big Ten Conference program than at an Ivy League school because of his No. 1 goal.
“I think Michigan is definitely a perfect fit for me,” he added. “The pro-style type of offense is great. I want the big guys protecting me, so I can sit back and let [the ball] fly. I can run the ball, but it’s not my strong point. When it comes to running, I can take it and hit some people. If I need to get physical, I’ll do it.”
Northwestern and Vanderbilt are among the other teams McQuarrie has been talking to, especially after his outstanding performance at Northwestern’s camp on June 9.
“I threw well,” McQuarrie said. “I can use a little bit of work on my drops but that will be cleaned up soon. The Northwestern quarterback coach had talked to me after and told me that he had liked me at the camp. The Vanderbilt wide receivers coach was the only coach there from Vanderbilt and he said he really liked me and was going to go and talk with the Vanderbilt quarterback coach about me and show him my tape and see where things go from there.
“He said they will most likely want to see me throw live with the quarterback coach.”
McQuarrie also has spent considerable time talking with Dartmouth, Princeton and Columbia.
Michigan has offered 11 quarterbacks in the 2020 class, and McQuarrie is the tallest of them all. The next-tallest quarterback is Brentwood (Calif.) Liberty 4-star Jay Butterfield, who is 6-6.
For Stark High School, McQuarrie plays football, basketball and lacrosse.