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Wisconsin football recruiting: Badgers offer 2019 QBs Grant Gunnell, Cade McNamara

Catching up on some offers to signal callers in May.

2019 QB Cade McNamara at the Opening Regional in Los Angeles.
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With 10 verbal commitments in the class of 2018, the Wisconsin Badgers are in great shape for the current cycle.

That could allow head coach Paul Chryst and his staff to look ahead to the class of 2019. In the month of May alone, the Badgers have offered two quarterbacks for this class in Cade McNamara and Grant Gunnell.

Hailing from Houston (St. Pius X), 247Sports, Rivals and Scout all rate Gunnell as a four-star recruit. His already impressive offer list backs it up, as Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, and Texas A&M among others are courting him early on. He announced Wisconsin’s offer back on May 10.

The Hudl film (all 13 minutes of it) showcases a passer who threw for nearly 5,000 yards and 65 touchdowns. Gunnell can hit receivers in stride with his throws but also isn’t afraid of airing it out into tight windows—he trusts where he throws it.

How much of a splash the Badgers can make remains to be seen with the heavyweights of the college football world looking at him.

Last Monday, McNamara tweeted that he was also offered by Wisconsin. Currently unranked by the three major recruiting services (though that will probably change), his Hudl film shows a young quarterback who possesses a solid arm and an early ability to throw to his left and also make passes running to his left side.

Like Gunnell, McNamara has the early ability to complete passes in tight windows against high school defenders. Scout’s biography of the Reno, Nev. (Damonte Ranch) standout notes he was the Sierra League’s offensive player of the year in 2016, throwing for almost 3,600 yards and 46 touchdowns.

McNamara currently holds offers from Nevada, Hawaii, Wisconsin, and San Diego State. According to’s Blair Angulo, he plans to visit Madison during the summer, and more interest from other programs may be coming in the future.

Be sure to check out’s article on McNamara as well.