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2013 OL looking for best fit

2/7/2012

If you haven't yet figured out that offensive line will be a big position of need for Michigan in 2013, just go look at how many offers have already been extended to prospects along the offensive line. With four linemen leaving the roster for Michigan after the 2012 season, it will again be crucial for Michigan to secure depth.

Mike McGlinchey (Philadelphia/William Penn Charter) is one of the most recent recipients of a Michigan offer. The 6-foot-8, 285-pounder has seen his stock take off in the past few weeks.

"I'm just kind of going one step at a time. I don't really anticipate the next offers that are coming," he said. "I just keep working hard and doing what I should. I was just planning on taking this process and running with it. It's been really exciting so far."

Exciting because he's already heard from the likes of Michigan, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Virginia and Boston College among others. McGlinchey didn't have a list of favorites going into the process, but has been excited about the attention he has already gotten.

"I've been blessed to have all these schools coming after me. It was kind of crazy when Michigan offered," he said. "A school like Michigan it's exciting for anybody to get offered. It's a rich tradition in football and school as well."

Being from Pennsylvania, McGlinchey says of course he grew up watching Penn State, but it won't factor into his recruitment. Since he isn't from the state of Michigan there is still a lot that he would like to find out about the Wolverines, which he hopes to do soon.

"I obviously want to learn about how the coaches run their program. They work hard and play hard," he said. "That's great to see on television, but I want to see the little things like how they treat their players and the atmosphere."

It might be difficult for him and his family to get on campus since he has five brothers and sisters, who including him range from 17 to 4 years old. He might need to get on campus soon, though, as he would like to make a decision soon.

"I hope to be done with the process by the end of this school year. I don't want to think about this stuff for next season," he said. "I'm not going to rush into anything, and I'll take my time and think things through."

Distance will play a role in his recruitment, and he says the ideal school will probably be in the Midwest. His final decision will be made off how he feels about the players, the coaching staff and the overall atmosphere the school provides. From what he does know about Michigan, McGlinchey believes the Wolverines have a good shot to be the last school standing.