We first saw Marcus McDade (6-3, 195) in March at the Scout.com/New Level 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas. But at the Elite 11 regional camp at Berkeley, we witnessed his rocket arm in full swing. We saw him again at the Stanford Nike Camp, and while his accuracy needed some work, there was no denying he had the strongest arm at each of the three events.
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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