Offered by a Powerhouse

William Penn (PA) HS offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey has never visited the University of Wisconsin, but the 6-7 dual-sport athlete doesn't have to in order to know the Badgers have a history of developing really successful linemen.

MADISON - He's 6-9 and 275 pounds, but Mike McGlinchey doesn't play like his weight should indicate.

Take a look at his stats on the court, averaging between 15-18 points and 12-15 rebounds per game, and it's evident that the quick feet, coordinator and hard work have him a physical challenge in the paint, especially when he chooses to out jump the defense for a slam dunk.

"Basketball is a game that you have to have a lot of finesse along with having the talent, too," McGlinchey told Badger Nation. "You have to be able to change direction and have explosiveness to get up in the air.

"It's something I've taken a lot of pride in."

As good as McGlinchey's basketball success has been, it's his success on the gridiron that has had college coaches and assistants buzzing well before he received his first offer last May. The skills may have surprised them, but the attention hasn't surprised McGlinchey in the least.

"I obviously hoped to be recognized on a national scale, so it's nice to get some recognition," McGlinchey said. "I am very grateful that a school like Wisconsin would give me the opportunity like they have."

The offensive tackle from William Penn (PA) HS is one of six uncommitted offensive tackles Wisconsin has offered already in the 2013 recruiting class, but it appears McGlinchey might be one of the highest priorities. In the weeks leading up to national signing day, he was visited not only by recruiting contact Thomas Hammock, but by new offensive line coach Mike Markuson.

Hammock appears to have already made an early impression, having developed a steady dialogue that dates back multiple months.

"I started speaking to him a couple months ago after he stopped by my school and he's a great guy," McGlinchey said of Hammock. "I know a lot about Wisconsin and the way they play football. They are a top 10 program and their offensive lines are one of the best. I have a lot of regard for them."

McGlinchey has not visited Wisconsin but like aspiring offensive linemen, he knows the tradition that the Badgers have established of sending starting and non-starting linemen to the NFL.

"Wisconsin is a powerhouse in producing offensive linemen," McGlinchey said. "The way they play the game, they control the line of scrimmage every game. It's amazing the amount of guys they've put into the NFL and it's really impressive to watch."

McGlinchey claims eight additional offers from Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Virginia.

"Every single one of the schools that have offered me I am excited by," McGlinchey said. "Every single one of them has a great history, whether it's on the football field or in the classroom. Notre Dame has one of the richest traditions in college football and Duke is famous for its academics. All the schools have something historic about them and it makes me interested in looking at them."

McGlinchey has already visited Boston College, Maryland and Rutgers and hopes to visit the rest of the schools on his offer list in the spring.


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