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It's been quite a week for Notre Dame on the recruiting trail.
The Irish got their third commitment in two days on Tuesday when three-star offensive tackle Cole Mabry announced via Twitter that he had committed to Notre Dame.
Mabry is the ninth commit in the class and the first on the offensive line.
According to Gabe Evans, Mabry's offensive line coach at Brentwood (Tenn.) High, the Tennessee talent has come into his own in a big way over the last few years.
"One thing about Cole that has been consistent is that every year, not only has he gotten bigger, but he’s gotten better," Evans said. "He’s improved every single year. He’s filled out and his footwork drastically improved from his sophomore season to his junior season."
Evans added that problems that normally plague players of Mabry's size have never been an issue for him.
"Staying low is a problem that a lot of the big guys have in high school, but Cole is an extremely hard worker," Evans said. "He has been able to improve on those things every single year. That’s been neat for me to sit back and watch."
At 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, Mabry is a big high school junior. His size alone was enough to attract some college programs, but Evans said his size is just one of many traits that makes him an outstanding lineman.
"His hand placement and his footwork have been the two things that have set him apart," Evans said. "A school like Notre Dame, I think that’s what they’re seeing that makes him different. He’s a legitimate lineman that is excelling in every game. He’s beating the competition that are guys that will be playing at the next level and potentially playing across from him one day. He’s beating those guys too."
Evans added that having a guy like Mabry on his offensive line has made his life a lot easier.
"He’s been a huge asset," Evans said. "Having Cole as a staple on the right side was a tremendous asset. We’re able to count on him to get that movement and that vertical push that we’re looking for in our run game, and also get back in our pass protection and set that wall to make sure we’re clearing the edge."