Irish pick up first O-Line commit

Chip Long knew about Cole Mabry before Notre Dame did. But once Long took over as Irish offensive coordinator that interest travelled from Memphis to South Bend. Now it’s turned into a commitment.

Cole Mabry might not be in Notre Dame’s class without Chip Long.

Last year as the offensive coordinator at Memphis, Long identified the 6-foot-6, 270-pound athlete from Brentwood, Tenn., as a potential target for the Tigers. When Long took the same position at Notre Dame he brought that interest in Mabry with him, getting the three-star prospect up to Junior Day last weekend.

After meeting with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand on campus, the Irish made their offer. Barely 48 hours later, Mabry went public with his acceptance of it, giving the Irish their third commitment in two days and first offensive line get.

Notre Dame wants three offensive linemen in its next recruiting class at a minimum, with the focus set on finding two pure tackles and a third swing prospect.

“First, I would (like) to say thank you to God for providing the opportunity to play football and guiding me along this journey,” Mabry posted. “Next, I would like to say thank you to my family for support and my coaches and teammates for pushing me to be the best I can be. Thank you to all the coaches and teams that have recruited me.

“I’m proud to say that I have committed to play football at the University of Notre Dame.”

Mabry chose the Irish over offers from Memphis, Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue and Colorado State.

The Irish remain No. 2 in the Team Rankings.

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