2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Cole Mabry
The Notre Dame football program got signed commitments from 21 players from 13 different states last month during the inaugural “early signing period.”
News-Sentinel.com sports reporter Tom Davis has been writing on the Fighting Irish for nearly two decades and is taking a daily look at each recruit leading up to the traditional National Signing Day (Feb. 7).
First-year offensive coordinator Chip Long had Mabry on his radar from his time at Memphis and that relationship paid dividends, as the Nashville-area athlete committed quickly after receiving an Irish offer.
At 6-foot-5, 275 pounds, the Brentwood High School player he already has the frame and build of a college offensive lineman, but will only add strength to that frame, as he redesigns his body within Notre Dame’s strength program.
Former Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand reportedly told Mabry that he would fit at either guard or tackle, but not center, but some believe Mabry is a natural for the right side of the line.
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With Mabry’s potential and versatility to play either guard or tackle, which was never a “set in stone” concept with Hiestand, so it will be interesting to see how new Irish offensive line coach Jeff Quinn manages his personnel.
Hiestand found the five best players and figured out how to utilize those guys athletically, so it remains to be seen where Mabry lines up.
Long obviously felt that Mabry possessed the size and athleticism to fit into his spread offensive scheme.
On film, Mabry had a bit of an “edge” to him, which is never a bad thing.
Tennessee turns out its share of players and Mabry was thought of as one of the top athletes in that state.
He was rated as the 18th best player from Tennessee by ESPN, while that service also had him as the 40th best offensive tackle in the entire country.
Those numbers were slightly lower by 247Sports (54th tackle nationally and 20th overall from Tennessee).
More than likely, Mabry will benefit from 15 months of work on the practice field and weight room before he gets thrown into the mix in the fall of 2019, but each offensive lineman should be reevaluated by a new position coach. Notre Dame did have three linemen leave for the NFL/graduation.
Only Sam Mustipher (center) is probably an absolute lock to be where he was last season.
Senior Alex Bars and young players Tommy Kraemer, Robert Hainsey, and Aaron Banks each come back, as do Liam Eichenberg and Josh Lugg.
The Irish have depth and a decent amount of experience returning from the Joe Moore Award-winning unit.
BRIAN KELLY SAYS
“Chip has the ability to identify who he is looking for and then cast a net and go to work,” Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly said on National Signing Day in December. “(Long and defensive coordinator Mike Elko) are the two new coordinators so there is going to be a lot of questions about them and rightly so. You don’t know a lot about them, but that was their reputation coming here as well. That’s part of the questions that I would ask in the interviewing process. These guys are good recruiters, they were good recruiters before they got here, and they work really hard at it in this process.”
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