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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Jeff Quinn Made A Lasting Impression On 2019 OL Christian Mahogany

April 15, 2018

2019 Paramus Catholic (N.J.) offensive lineman Christian Mahogany made the trip out to South Bend with his mother for an unofficial visit Thursday. The three-star prospect got to take everything Notre Dame had to offer as he left campus on Saturday.  

“We did a campus tour and went to see everything on Thursday,” the 6-foot-4, 330-pounder told Irish Sports Daily. I got to see the locker room and the field. I spoke to someone from the Business school too.

“It was a nice campus. I think I could fit in very well there because I have been going to a Catholic school all my life and saw what I was looking for at Notre Dame.” 

On Friday, Mahogany continued to see how the Notre Dame program works, but also he was joined by 2018 Notre Dame offensive line signees John Dirksen, Luke Jones, Cole Mabry and Jarrett Patterson. 

“I got to go to meetings and watched the team workout,” recalled Mahogany. “After lunch, I went into meetings again with the 2018 signees. It was mostly for the signees because they were learning the plays and stuff. It was good to see how a college offense is run.” 

The chance to spend time with the signees and pick their brains on the recruiting process was worth the trip in itself for Mahogany. 

“It was great to ask them how their process went,” said Mahogany. “We talked about how they dealt with the recruiting process and why they chose Notre Dame. It was good to ask them some questions.” 

The New Jersey native also got to experience the bond the offensive line has at Notre Dame.

“I could fit in well at Notre Dame,” Mahogany stated. “The offensive line are all good dudes. We were all hanging out at Dillan Gibbons house. We were watching TV, eating some food and chilling.

“The brotherhood of the offensive line was amazing to see.”

Offensive line coach Jeff Quinn was equally as impressive on the visit. The two had started to build a good relationship over the last few weeks, but Mahogany really got to see what Quinn was like behind closed doors on his visit. 

“Coach Quinn was tough but understanding,” explained Mahogany. “He knows what he has to do to repeat the season they had last year. He saw it firsthand, and he’s getting those guys to have the same type of season.

“He’s a very technical guy. He wasn’t yelling, and he was taking it slow. They’re all building trust with each other right now. He was teaching them more than anything. He’s a great dude.” 

Mahogany was hoping he’d leave with an offer, but Quinn was upfront about where he stood with the Irish. Quinn wants Mahogany to return to South Bend in June for camp, and they will go from there. 

“He told me to come back on June 23rd for the offensive line camp because it was a chance for him to actually coach me,” stated Mahogany.” I was coming to that anyway, but he’ll probably come up to my school in spring too.” 

The honesty from Quinn was much appreciated by the Paramus Catholic standout as some coaches have told him one thing and done another. 

“His honesty helped a lot,” Mahogany explained. “He wasn’t dragging me along like ‘We’re going to offer you, but we want to offer.’ I’m not going to name the colleges that do that, but he was very truthful. He wants to work me out and compete against a talented group.” 

All in all, Mahogany had a great experience, and if an offer does come, the Irish will be tough to beat. 

“The academics that the most impressive thing I saw,” said Mahogany. “We sat down with the guy in charge of student-athletes and hearing what he had to say was great for my mother and me. 

“It felt so close to home. The whole trip felt like Jersey. I was talking to the Ademilola twins about it over the weekend too.” 

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