Texas Quarterback Likes Navy

Despite playing in only five games as a junior last season, St. Michael's Academy (Austin, Texas) quarterback Michael McNamara proved to be quite the playmaker for his Crusader team, throwing for 926 yards and 15 touchdowns in limited duty.

A versatile playmaker with dual-threat ability as both a runner and a passer, McNamara has seen a steady stream of interest from Division I programs within the past month, with the United States Naval Academy among several national universities to check in with the five-foot, eleven inch quarterback.

"I am receiving mail from Navy and had about a thirty minute talk on the phone with [Navy assistant coach Tony] Grantham," said McNamara in an interview with GoMids.com last weekend. "I really enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Navy and what the school has to offer. I visited the campus a few years back and thought it was amazing and now hearing from them is really awesome."

McNamara said that in addition to talking with coaches at Navy, he has also spoken with assistants at Air force, Georgia Tech, Southern Methodist, and Iowa State. McNamara also reports that he has received mail from Kansas state, Colorado State, Arkansas, Michigan state, and Minnesota.

While he does not report any written or oral scholarship offers, the Austin, Texas quarterback says that his top five schools include (in no particular order) Navy, Air Force, Georgia Tech, Southern Methodist, and Texas A&M.

McNamara acknowledges that his relatively short stature (5-11) as a Division I quarterback prospect may be a red flag for some teams, but says that he is open to doing whatever it takes during his senior season in high school to prove that he can play at the next level. While he said that most universities have shown interest in him as a quarterback, McNamara says he plans to broaden his appeal to Division I teams by working at other positions during the upcoming season.

"For most schools I am being recruited as a quarterback, but I know I lack ideal college size so next year I plan on playing safety, punter and kick and punt returner," said McNamara. "My goal is to play at whatever position I get a chance to at the next level so I would be up for a position change if it was asked by a coach… but as of right now I'm working that much harder to make up for my size to be the best quarterback I can be."

As far as his college choice is concerned, McNamara said that his recruitment is still wide open, but that his eventual college choice will depend on a number of factors, among them academics.

"My choice for picking a school to play at will be a school that has a good academic program, a place I really feel at home at, and a place with a good coaching staff to further my ability on the field."

Check back at GoMids.com throughout the summer for updates on Austin, Texas quarterback prospect Mike McNamara.

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