Michigan took more than Gattis from ‘Bama

Submitted by DelhiWolverine on January 15th, 2019 at 11:44 AM

Per the Attack Each Day podcast, Jim Harbaugh offers a few nuggets to us fans.

- Jim mentions that Coach Gattis informed him that the top QB Alabama was pursuing for their 2019 class was Cade McNamara. Great that the Wolverines beat out Bama for Cade! That’s us beating out the Tide for their top QB and top Safety in Daxton Hill.


- Jim shares that he has wanted to hire Gattis for years and jumped at the chance once he heard he was heading to MD.

- Also mentions that Gattis has an excellent reputation as a recruiter among our top recruiters (Partridge, JayBaugh) 

- As mentioned in another board post, Jim confirms that Gattis will run the entire offense. 

Podcast link



January 15th, 2019 at 11:53 AM ^

I like McNamara and all, but this was a pretty weak year for quarterbacks in general. So it's not too surprising if a lot of teams were targeting McNamara and a few other top prospects, because there aren't enough good QBs in 2019 to go around, IMO.


January 15th, 2019 at 12:07 PM ^

weak year or not, michigan still beat out alabama and other schools for mcnamara.

i could argue it's more impressive during a weak QB year, where there's not a lot of other QB recruits schools can fall back on as plan b, that michigan ultimately beat out other schools for mcnamara.


edit: upon second read, my comments read a wee bit combative. sorry, not my intention. really excited we beat alabama for recruits.


January 15th, 2019 at 12:28 PM ^

I see your edit, but I wasn't really saying it was good or bad that we beat 'Bama for him. I'm just saying it was a smaller pool of good QBs. That's been known for a while, but the All-American games were a good indication. There were a couple of guys who looked good (Bo Nix, Graham Mertz), but some of them shouldn't have even been playing in those games (I won't name any names).


January 15th, 2019 at 1:45 PM ^

Cade is not the most physically gifted QB in the 2019 class however his intelligence and leadership  characteristics are off the charts. It will likely take him a couple years for him to adapt the nuances of the position at this level to his more average physical abilities but if there is anyone who is going to "over-achieve" it is going to be him. And that is one of the really good things about how he fits into this class...he is not going to be asked to start tomorrow. I see his up-side as being more of a Joe Montana type QB-very cerebral, hard-nosed competitor. 


January 15th, 2019 at 8:03 PM ^

I think he'll bring his lunch pail.  He's a coach's son, and he's spent so much time as a gym rat.  He's sneaky athletic too -- most people expect Milton to be a dual threat because 'skin-deep analysis', but this white guy is a better athlete than you'd think.

Anyways, I just wanted to say "let's confirm racial stereotypes."

Thank you all!


January 15th, 2019 at 11:55 AM ^

File for several months: when Patterson struggles, there will now be fans who pine for Cade McNamara, having seen nothing but 22 seconds of senior highlight film and this post, because "they just have a feeling about him".  These will be the exact same fans asserting that Joe Milton will and should transfer because he threw an interception in the spring game. 

Sauce Castillo

January 15th, 2019 at 12:15 PM ^

I'm intrigued, and I'll say this. The people who say we can't throw the ball too much or spread it out cause our OL struggles and that's how Shea will get hurt and our season will be over, blah blah blah... Listen, Shea is a big boy who can take hits and is elusive enough to avoid the big ones, and guess what, if McCaffrey has to go in there I'm sure the drop off isn't going to be catastrophic, the kid can play. Let these kids ball out and put numbers and confidence on the board.


January 15th, 2019 at 12:05 PM ^

It was also mentioned in the podcast how much detail Gattis has on recruits. He had more information on certain recruits that Michigan didn’t have. Talked about how organized he is in recruiting. If his coaching is anything close to his recruiting this is going to be a fun season.