On the eve of the early signing period for college football, USF picked up their third transfer so far this offseason with North Carolina quarterback Cade Fortin announcing his intention to jump to USF.
As a recruit, Cade was a three to four-star Pro-Style quarterback from Suwanee, GA and missed most of his senior year of high school due to injury. His junior season saw him throw for 1,841 yards and 16 TDs while adding three rushing touchdowns on his way to leading his North Gwinnett Bulldogs to a state championship victory in Georgia.
His time at UNC saw him make an appearance in four games and two starts in replacement for seasoned starter Nathan Elliott in 2018. In his playing time, Fortin completed 32-of-65 passes for 388 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also added 76 rushing yards and a rushing TD on the ground during significant playing time against Virginia Tech and in-state rival North Carolina State.
He redshirted this past season as Mack Brown took over in relief of Larry Fedora and announced his intention to transfer in late August 2019. He had official visits to Vanderbilt, Syracuse, and Kansas, with additional interactions and talks with SMU and San Diego State before ultimately deciding to come down to the Tampa Bay Area.
Cade will have three seasons left on his eligibility and is immediately eligible to play for USF.