Mike McGlinchey (Offensive Line 6'9" 275 pounds)A four-star prospect from Philadelphia, McGlinchey told Irisheyes.com recruiting analyst Dave Berk the following in a December interview following McGlinchey's official visit to campus:
"Obviously I'm really excited and have a great opportunity at Notre Dame. I'm beyond excited to play for them and get started, but at the same time I'm definitely going to miss home and I'm going to miss a lot of my friends and my family. So that is a little bit of the downside. But everything else has been so great that I want to take my time over the next couple of months to enjoy what I have here at home and hopefully I'll be able to stay in touch with all the people I have here when I'm in South Bend.
"I think my overall strength has improved a lot," said McGlinchey. "I'm still one of those guys that is real long and lean and have to fight to keep weight on. So I had to work hard to put on some good weight and overall strength. But my technique and knowledge of the game really has improved this year as I played every position but defensive back. So it was definitely a good learning experience for me and I feel I've improved in every aspect of the game, but by no means I'm where I need to be at."
Veterans returning on the Offensive Line: 5th-year seniors Zack Martin (LT) and Chris Watt (LG), redshirt-juniors Christian Lombard (RT), *Tate Nichols (RT) and Bruce Heggie (G), redshirt-sophomores Conor Hanratty (G), Nick Martin (C/T/G), and Matt Hegarty (C/T), redshirt-freshmen Ronnie Stanley (OT) and Mark Harrell ©
*Nichols career remains in question due to a recurring knee injury.
Berk on McGlinchey The growth seen by McGlinchey the past year has been extremely impressive. At 6-foot-9, he's got a physical frame for Irish strength coach Paul Longo to work his magic and if he continues to progress could see a future playing on Sundays.
Dohn on McGlinchey: The 6-foot-9 offensive tackle had a huge senior season and made a big jump in the rankings. He is long and athletic, plays with a very strong base and moves his feet well. McGlinchey doesn't reach often and has a good first punch. He also is able to get to the second level when run blocking.
O'Malley's Initial SlottingLeft Tackle.
Long arms, athleticism, the ability to move to the second level and engage defenders on the move -- give McGlinchey a year to work behind technician and potential 2013 All-America Zack Martin and the Irish could find a three, possibly a four-year starter at left tackle to succeed one of the program's best ever.
A long-time basketball player, McGlinchey exhibits impressive body control and with another 20 pounds, could be a dominant pass protector for Brian Kelly's Irish in 2015 and beyond, and could see the field as early as 2014 in a starting capacity.
Look for McGlinchey to join the two-deep varsity as a backup left tackle in practice this fall.
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