He checks in at a 6'9'', 275 pounds according to 247Sports, which would make him a candidate to play power forward in basketball, let alone be an elite offensive tackle at the college level. McGlinchey has been committed to play football for Notre Dame since March of this year though, and he'll be bringing a lot to the table for the Fighting Irish.
Here's my complete scouting report on the 4-star offensive tackle:
- Name: Mike McGlinchey
- Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- School: William Penn Charter
- Position: Offensive Tackle
- Height: 6'9'' (247Sports)
- Weight: 275 lbs (247Sports)
- Rankings: 4-star (Scout.com), 4-star (Rivals), 4-star (247Sports), 4-star (ESPN Recruiting Nation)
At his size, you're looking at a lineman who can just physically dominate at the line of scrimmage. From a defensive lineman standpoint, he's a big barrier to try to get around or push back, but McGlinchey is much more than just a roadblock.
He gets good explosion off the line of scrimmage and really drives his feet, which allows him to push the defender back. You get a good look at his abilities off the line of scrimmage in the picture below. Notice how his first punch gets the defender moving backwards off the line of scrimmage.
After that McGlinchey is able to lower his level, which allows him to get more leverage and push on his defender, and he continues to drive him back into the second level.
Finally, he's able to turn his hips and push the defender inside. Even though he falls on the play with the defender, he does a great job of getting the initial push, which created the yards for the runner.
He also has good speed (5.0 40-yard dash according to 247Sports) so he can get to the second level to block a linebacker whether it be with a free release or chipping off of a double team.
McGlinchey projects to be a very good run blocking lineman who will be able to use his size, technique and quickness to move the line of scrimmage.
As with any very tall offensive lineman, the one thing that I'd worry about would be his ability to be a pass-blocker on the edge against smaller, quicker defensive ends and linebackers. He'll have to really focus on his footwork and bending his knees to get leverage.
While his size is a huge positive most of the time, smaller, more agile defenders will use it against him. Whether it be getting under him with a rip, cutting him a the line or just using their leverage to push him back as a pass protector, that will be the one negative his size will create.
Thankfully, the Notre Dame coaching staff will prepare him to counter these moves, but it is a negative worth mentioning.
I see a very talented player in McGlinchey that has unlimited potential. His size will make him a very valuable blocker, and I have to believe Notre Dame's coaching staff will work on his technique against smaller defenders.
It's said that you can't teach size, and McGlinchey has plenty of that.
If Notre Dame can harness his potential, he'll end up being a great lineman for the Fighting Irish.