Would you believe there’s two Cole Mabrys attracting attention from Football Bowl Subdivision schools for their on-field play?
Here’s what you need to know about the Cole Mabry that just signed with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish:
- He may not be in the class if it were not for offensive coordinator Chip Long, according to Irish Illustrated’s Pete Sampson. Long identified Mabry as a target during his time in Memphis, pitched him to offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and got Hiestand’s buy-in.
- Mabry took less than 72 hours from the time he was offered to commit to the class. He attended Notre Dame’s Junior Day on Feb. 11, during which he received a scholarship offer. He made his commitment public on Valentine’s Day.
- Mabry had offers from the LSU Tigers, Memphis Tigers, Purdue Boilermakers and Cincinnati Bearcats, among others. He hasn’t wavered in his commitment, declining to entertain other visits since February.
- Heistand told Mabry that he’ll likely play guard or tackle at Notre Dame, but not center.
OFD analyst Nick DuBose adds:
This is a very good pick up for the Fighting Irish. Two tackles were being targeted for this year and Mabry is a good start. He is a classic right tackle. He probably is not polished enough in pass blocking for a left tackle, but he is still athletic enough to develop into a starter on the right side.
I truly think, after 2 years (including a redshirt) in Notre Dame’s offensive system, that he will have developed into a solid offensive lineman. We have the depth to be patient, and it will be worth the wait. Mabry has a mean streak that showed itself quite prominently on film. Mabry plays with an attitude, something that will be a welcomed trait in South Bend.
The class of 2018 also includes three-star John Dirksen; the Irish are reportedly looking for one more lineman by the second signing day in February.