IE Quick Take: Mike McGlinchey

Notre Dame pulled in three top level offensive linemen after last weekend's Junior Day, with the verbal pledge of Mike McGlinchey the final of four total OL recruits in the 2013 recruiting class. recruiting analyst Dave Berk offers his initial thoughts on McGlinchey in this IE Quick Take.

Philadelphia (PA) William Penn Charter offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey may be the lowest ranked of the four offensive linemen the Irish have earned pledges from, however, after watching film from this past season it was easy to see why so many programs came hard after McGlinchey.


It's not often you put in some film and see a 6-foot-7, 265-pound offensive lineman in full sprint leading the way for a running back. But Mike McGlinchey is not your normal lineman. Hard, intense, physical and with a purpose are just a few of the ways to explain how he plays the game.

The Irish are getting a player capable of playing and excelling anywhere along the line. While I did not see him snap, he shows enough flexibility that I could see him doing it if called upon.

What I did see was a player with great quickness and balance to execute a down block, and one with strength and initial explosion upon contact to turn a defender on reach blocks.

I'll have another in-depth breakdown on McGlinchey following more film review, until then:


While there were a few clips of McGlinchey pass blocking I would like to see more. McGlinchey plays in a run offense and will need to do more work in the finer techniques of pass-pro.


Blessed with a frame that can hold 300-pounds, McGlinchey is a very exciting player to watch on film despite any short comings he may show in pass-pro. I love how he explodes out of his stance and into a defender while keeping his balance and working his way downfield.

Right now I would expect the Irish to look at McGlinchey as a guard as he shows great potential to pull and run trap plays.

While the Irish may have pulled in three top level offensive linemen over the past weekend, each brings a different skill set to the table and show potential to provide the Irish great depth in the near future. Top Stories