Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2021 OL Riley Mahlman Enjoys Notre Dame Return, Will Be Back Again

April 13, 2019

After checking out Notre Dame for a game last fall, Riley Mahlman‍ was back in South Bend for Saturday’s spring game and already has plans to return again soon.

The 2021 Minnesota offensive lineman was at the Irish’s opener against Michigan back in September and enjoyed his trip back.

“It was great,” the 6-foot-8, 265-pound sophomore said.

“I got to tour around campus. I got to see what the football community was like and hang around the players. I got to see where they work out. I got to go inside a dorm too to see what it looks like. It was a good day.”

He was impressed with the atmosphere around campus for the game.

“It was cool,” Mahlman said. “I got to see some of the culture that Notre Dame has.”

He also had the chance to speak with multiple members of the Irish staff.

“I talked to Coach (Jeff) Quinn for a long time. I talked to Coach (Matt) Balis, the strength coach,” he said. “And I talked to Tom Rees, the quarterback coach who is my area recruiter.”

Quinn talked with Mahlman about the history and makeup of the Irish offensive line.

“I really like him,” Mahlman said of the Notre Dame offensive line coach.

Rees wanted to introduce himself before heading to Lakeville South High School during the May Evaluation Period.

Mahlman camped at Notre Dame last summer and will be back again in June.

He has early offers from Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

“It feels great,” he said of the early offers.

His next visit is a trip to Wisconsin next weekend.

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