Pennsylvania OL Talks About Trip to NC State

Offensive lineman Donny Barclay picked up his first offer recently and it was from NC State. He tells us about his first trip to Raleigh.

NC State has wasted no time in targeting numerous offensive line prospects after signing just one in the class of 2006. One player the Pack extended an early offer to is offensive lineman Donny Barclay from Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, Pa.

Pack Pride first talked to Barclay a week ago and at that time, he knew little about the Wolfpack program. He has since made a trip to Raleigh and the standout lineman talked about his impressions of NC State and it's football program.

"The trip there was real nice," he said. "The whole university was nice. It was really big and spread out. Their football program is growing and it's getting better every year."

Barclay also got a chance to spend some one on one time with head coach Chuck Amato and the Pack's front man made a solid impression on the rising senior.

"I talked to coach Amato a lot and he was telling me how much they need offensive linemen," said Barclay. "He said they lost three lineman this year and are losing some more next year and that would give me a good opportunity to come in and get some playing time. Of course the chance to come in and play early is important because everybody wants to be able to get on the field."

West Virginia and Pittsburgh have been two prominent suitors on Barclay's list for weeks but it looks as if the Pack may have made up some ground after hosting him last weekend.

"I haven't really formed a list yet but they really compare well to the other schools I've been to," he said. "I can say State is definitely up there. They were the first ones to consistently start sending me mail and that's certainly something to think about."

The Wolfpack is still Barclay's lone offer although they're unlikely to be his last. He said he still hopes to visit a few more schools and would like to make a decision sometime during the summer.


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