He had no offers heading into his senior season after backing up current Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz in 2008.
"He's a very good player," said St. Mary's head coach Tony Franks. "It was a bit of unique situation that he didn't play his junior year, so we didn't have any film on him. He had to back up Cody last year, a lot of schools came by to see him but I had no film.
"[McDade and Vaz] are very similar in many ways, their grasp of the offense but Marcus is little bit taller."
Franks has coached a few great quarterbacks and he ranks McDade among his best, especially his arm strength.
"It's right there," Franks said of McDade's arm strength. "Willie Tuitama was here, he had a great arm, Cody had a nice arm and was accurate. [McDade] has a nice combination of arm strength and accuracy. He's got a tremendous upside, he's very young. I think he's got a great future."
McDade hooked up with future California Golden Bear Josh Harper most of the season creating one of the most prolific pass-catch duos in the nation. Harper garnered a lot of early attention attaining double-digit offers. But McDade didn't garner his first offer until a few weeks ago when Fresno State pulled the trigger.
"A lot of folks got involved and took other quarterbacks but might have regretted [not waiting for McDade's film]," said Franks. "Between his junior season and senior season, he's like a different guy. Fresno State liked him right from the start; they stayed consistent [in his recruitment]."
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