Hulking Offensive Lineman set to visit Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh will soon be hosting a large group of blue-chip prospects during their junior day on February 25th. One of the largest prospects to visit the Panthers will be 6-ft-6 inch, 280 pound Donny Barclay from Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA.

"I just returned from Maryland's junior day. They seemed very interested in me. I'm going to be heading to Pitt's junior day next," stated offensive line prospect Donny Barclay. "I'm hearing from Pitt, Maryland, Ohio State, Syracuse and Penn State."

Barclay has visited Pitt on four different occasions. He has been a two-year starter at offensive tackle. He was responsible for protecting the blind side of 2006 Pitt quarterback recruit Kevan Smith.

When asked if Kevan has started to recruit him, Donny chuckled and replied, "Yes, the two of us are close. He's already trying to get me to go to Pitt. I would love to block for him again."

Barclay is capable of bench pressing 310 pounds, squatting 450 pounds and running a 5.1 forty-yard dash. He is known for his excellent footwork and technique.

"I like Pitt a lot and they seem to like me. Coach (Greg) Gattuso and I have talked in the past and it seems like I could get an offer. Pitt and Ohio State like me at offensive tackle. Maryland likes me at guard. It's a great school with a great tradition. Their recruiting class was impressive."

Barclay was quick to note his strengths on the football field. "I'm very intense and physical on the football field. I have good footwork and I excel at run blocking. I'm not saying I can't pass block, but run blocking is my strength. I take pride in finishing plays. I block until I hear the whistle."

"It's still early but Pitt is one of my top schools. It would be great to play there. I look forward to visiting and hopefully I end up with a scholarship offer."

Donny will be participating in the All-American Combine at the University of Pittsburgh on March 4.

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