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Michigan commit Cade McNamara stars at Elite 11, will attend The Opening
Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch 2019 4-star pro-style quarterback Cade McNamara, a Michigan commit, showed up at the Elite 11 Finals, showed out and advanced to The Opening Finals in Dallas, Texas.
What an incredible weekend! Thank you to everyone on the Elite 11 staff for making one of the most memorable weekends of my life possible. pic.twitter.com/SG9L86UzyK
— Cade McNamara (@Cademac12_QB) June 4, 2018
During the 7-on-7 session on Sunday, 247Sports’ Greg Biggins and Blair Angulo called McNamara the best of the weekend. He had a strong all-around weekend, which made him a lock for the top 12 players.
— Blair Angulo (@bangulo) June 3, 2018
“We didn’t see anyone have a better 7-on-7 session than McNamara on Sunday,” Biggins and Angulo said Sunday night. “He definitely benefited playing in a lot of tournaments this past spring and was clinical carving the defense. He was also tremendous in his pro-day workout Saturday and looks like a lock to make The Opening Finals.”
Other quarterbacks making it to The Opening Finals are Spencer Rattler, Bo Nix, Jayden Daniels, Max Duggan, Ty Evans, Brian Maurer, Graham Mertz, Dylan Morris, Ryan Hilinski, Sam Howell and Taulia Tagovailoa.
McNamara is ranked No. 257 in the nation, No. 10 at his position and No. 1 in Nevada in the 247Sports composite. He committed to Michigan on March 16.
Throughout his entire three-year high school career, the pro-style signal caller has completed 593 of 1,042 passes for 9,089 yards, 107 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.
West Bloomfield 2021 RB Donovan Edwards reflects on first offer from Michigan
Michigan was the first school to offer West Bloomfield (Mich.) 2021 running back Donovan Edwards, back on April 17.
Then, Kentucky, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Syracuse followed suit.
“My head coach Ron Bellamy told me that Jay Harbaugh offered me during class on April 17,” Edwards said. “I was excited because I got a Michigan offer as my first one.”
Edwards is excited to develop a relationship with Michigan running backs coach Jay Harbaugh. Now that he has an offer from the Wolverines, Edwards believes the opportunities are endless.
“It means a lot for Michigan to be my first offer, especially as a freshman,” Edwards said. “It makes me go harder on and off the field because I know the sky is the limit.”
When making a final decision down the road, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound in-state athlete said Michigan will get a small boost for being the first to offer.
“I still have a long way to go before the next chapter of my career, but it helps knowing they were the first school to offer me,” he added.
Along with the six schools that have offered, Edwards is being looked at by Ohio State and Michigan State. However, he loves everything so far about the Wolverines.
“Michigan is a Big Ten school and have one of the best teams in the country,” Edwards said. “They also take academics seriously.”
2020 QB Harrison Bailey ‘loved’ visit to Michigan
Marietta (Ga.) 2020 4-star pro-style quarterback Harrison Bailey made an unofficial visit to Michigan on Monday.
“I absolutely loved my visit,” Bailey said.
The Wolverines extended a scholarship offer May 18 of last year after Bailey visited on Feb. 23, 2017.
In late January, Michigan safeties coach Chris Partridge visited Bailey at his school. He also went to Marietta High School for 2020 4-star athlete Arik Gilbert, 2020 4-star weakside defensive end BJ Ojulari and 2020 athlete Dawson Ellington.
Bailey said he is “not sure” when he will commit to a program, but knows Michigan will be in the race until the end.
In the 2017 season, Bailey completed 126 of 203 passes for 1,824 yards, 20 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
247Sports ranks Bailey the No. 69 recruit in the nation, No. 2 at his position and No. 9 in Georgia.
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