Reviewing the Redshirts is an off-season series meant to resurrect discussion around the current Irish freshmen who did not play in 2013.
There were 13 this year who retained a year of eligibility and today we take a look at a tall tackle prospect with the athleticism to make an impact in 2014.
OT Mike McGlinchey
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6-7 1/2
247Sports COMPOSITE RANKING:
4-star, No. 11 OT, No. 8 PA, No. 161 USA, 0.9280 score
Need at Position: MILD
Expected Spot on the 2014 Depth Chart: 2nd String
Here's what I wrote last year after McGlinchey signed with Notre Dame:
He's already crazy athletic and shows good pad level for his size. I wouldn't be shocked if he's making waves as a freshman but I do think it will take him a while to get used to playing against 300 pounders on the edge. Due to his height he really doesn't have the versatility to play guard, which Bivin, McGovern, and Elmer have the versatility to do. I'm interested to see how tall he is measured at when fall practice begins and to see how raw the coaches think he is.
Obviously McGlinchey didn't play as a freshman but he did make some waves through Coach Kelly calling him one of the most athletic players on the team towards the end of the 2013 season. Although he was listed as tall as 6-9 before arriving in South Bend, McGlinchey is still a towering 6-7 1/2 and put on some good weight before he arrived last August. With another full year of weight training McGlinchey should be well over 300 pounds and ready to see the field at near optimal size.
Mike will have an up-hill battle to beat out Elmer as a starting tackle this fall, but the good news is that McGlinchey appears poised to be the third tackle off the bench. That means he's only one injury away from being a book-end on the line for the offense and I wouldn't dismiss the possibility that Elmer moves to left guard and McGlichey wins the left tackle spot.
He is the perfect modern-day tackle and can offer length that we haven't seen on any recent Notre Dame lines. God made this kid to play tackle and that's what he'll do. Although I will say, I was amazed at his ability to get low as a senior and if he's athletic enough to play tackle he could probably pull off being a guard especially if only to briefly fill in for an injured player. The best athletes tend to be able to do a lot of things really well.
Bottom line, Notre Dame has a great young talent who is going to push the older players above him on the depth chart for playing time. Welcome to the wonderful stocked offensive line, everyone!