Barclay hopes for offer from Panthers

A small group of talented players visited the Panthers spring practice on Tuesday. One of those players was hulking 6-foot-5 inch, 285 pound offensive tackle prospect Donny Barclay from Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA. The spoke with Donny about his experience.

"I ran down to Pitt's spring practice after school yesterday. It was great to watch and see how their practice was run," stated Donny Barclay. "I spent a lot of time watching the offensive line. They start with drills to get the offensive line warmed up."

"Coach (Paul) Dunn let me sit in on one of their offensive line meetings. That was really great. Coach Dunn was nice to do that."

Barclay has visited Pitt on four different occasions and he attended the All-American combine in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been a two-year starter at offensive tackle. Donny was responsible for protecting the blind side of 2006 Pitt quarterback recruit Kevan Smith.

"I spoke with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt, Coach (Greg) Gatusso and Coach (Junko). They basically told me that they are in the process of narrowing down their list to about 15 offensive linemen that they want. It looks like I'm going to be on the list. I like Pitt and hope they offer."

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.

"Most schools want me to play offensive tackle. I believe that Pitt wants to play me at tackle as well. I'm 6-foot-5 inches and I can add a lot more muscle to my frame. A few schools prefer me to play guard."

North Carolina State was the first school to offer Barclay a scholarship. Pitt, WVU, Boston College, Akron and Michigan State have been in close contact.

"It would be nice to play with Kevan (Smith). He told me he's going to talk to the staff about me. Hopefully I'll be guarding his blindside again."

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