Berk's Breakdown: Mike McGlinchey

We continue our detailed reviews of each member of Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class with a trip to Philadelphia and a look at Mike McGlinchey.


HT – WT – SPEED: Listed at 6-foot-7, 265-pounds, Mike McGlinchey is another of five offensive linemen Brian Kelly and his staff have earned a verbal pledge for 2013. McGlinchey has the lean, long frame I love to see from an offensive lineman. He'll need to continue to add weight, but it will be good weight and should not have any effect on his speed to get down field.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY - BALANCE: On film, McGlinchey shows great quickness to go with his agility and balance. While he shows the ability to be a tackle, his quick feet in the trenches and knack for staying on his feet could aid him in a move to guard.

STRENGTH: I don't see McGlinchey as a guy who is pumping a great amount of weight. However, he shows the ability to explode from the hip area and as he continues to mature he'll combine the two and be very powerful.

BODY FLEXIBILITY: McGlinchey might well be the most flexible member of the Irish 2013 offensive line haul. A natural bender, McGlinchey can get his body into football positions that will allow him to win battles on the line.


The first thing that stands out when watching McGlinchey is his ability to dominate in the run game. With his ability to bend at the knees, McGlinchey does a solid job of keeping low pad level and a flat back.

Because of his athletic ability, McGlinchey can pull, execute down blocks and get out on a defender in space.

The area that looks to need the most work is McGlinchey's pass blocking skill.

All the intangibles are there but the lack of having a strong kick step and holding a strong post needs work.


Like the other offensive linemen who have pledged to the Irish, McGlinchey possesses the skill set to be a top level player during his college career.

Weight gain and working to perfect his technique in pass-pro is a must to give the Irish coaching staff a player who could line up on the edge or inside. Depending upon how his development comes along, McGlinchey could enter Notre Dame as a tackle prospect. However, right now we see a future guard in the making. Top Stories