OT McGlinchey Looking Forward to ND Visit

William Penn Charter High (Philadelphia) offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey picked up an offer from Notre Dame last month, and immediately began looking at dates to visit. He settled on junior day on March 24, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about the pending visit, the Irish and more.

William Penn Charter (Philadelphia) offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey's recruitment will begin to take shape in late March, and Notre Dame will have an ample opportunity to make an impact.

The 6-foot-9, 280-pound McGlinchey, who holds approximately 20 offers, will be at Notre Dame's junior day on March 24, but it won't be his only visit during a midwest swing.

"I'm going to go to Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Penn State," he said. "I am figuring out Michigan and maybe even Michigan State, but we'll see. I'll probably do it in one swing over spring break the last week of March."

The trip to South Bend, Ind., will allow McGlinchey to get an in-depth look at the Irish, and to build a stronger relationship with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and assistant Tony Alford. Both coaches are recruiting McGlinchey.

"(Hiestand) has been a great guy," McGlinchey said. "He's easy to talk to. I haven't met him in person. I had a few phone call conversations with him. It's been pretty cool. He's excited about me, and I'm excited to be recruited by him."

Like many recruits, the Notre Dame brand is familiar to McGlinchey, but he doesn't know a lot about the program.

"It's obviously one of the richest football traditions in America," he said. "That's what everybody knows about Notre Dame. They've been saying they're excited about me, and they can't wait to get me out there and all that stuff. It's been really cool to talk to the coaches from the University of Notre Dame."

McGlinchey also checked out the Irish on television so he was able to see the style of football being played.

"They're on NBC," he said, "so when you're flipping through channels, you get your eye caught by Notre Dame every week."

When it comes to selecting a school, McGlinchey is looking for a mix of strong academics and football.

"I really want a school that has a good football program, obviously," he said. "I want a school that is very strong academically, has a great coaching staff. I want a school I know I'm going to be comfortable in and be successful at, and hopefully it will be reasonably close to home as well."

Despite the constant attention and sometimes maddening number of phone calls, McGlinchey is enjoying the process.

"It's really fun," he said. "It's really cool to be wanted and cool to be talking to schools you grew up watching on t.v. and dream about playing for schools that have been coming around for me. It's been unreal and I'm really thankful for the opportunity. I just have to keep working hard so those dreams can become a reality."

When McGlinchey returns from his spring break tour, the plan is to begin narrowing the choices.

"After spring break I'll probably start trimming my list down and making my decision," he said.

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