Pitt offers rugged Donny Barclay

Western Pennsylvania is stocked with an abundance of quality offensive linemen. One of the top prospects, Donny Barclay, hails from Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA. Head Coach Dave Wannstedt decided to pay Barclay a visit on Monday.

"It was second period and I was called out of class. I went down to meet with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Bob) Junko. Kevan (Smith) was there too so I knew something was up," stated Donny Barclay. "We talked for fifteen minutes and they told me that they here high on me and keeping a close eye on me. Right after that, Coach Wannstedt handed me an envelope with a written offer. I was really excited."

Barclay has visited Pitt on four different occasions and he attended the Scout.com 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 didn't expect the offer. It was a great moment. Both coaches told me that they always liked me, but they were being careful this year because they only have 20 scholarships to give. Coach (Greg) Gattuso commented to them that I'm intense on my highlight film and I gave full effort on both sides of the ball. They want me to play with similar intensity if I come to Pitt."

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. North Carolina State was the first school to offer Donny a scholarship.

"Pitt wants me to play offensive tackle. I'm 6-foot-5 inches tall right now and around 285 pounds. I have room to grow and not lose a step."

Barclay is very good friends with Pitt commit Kevan Smith. When asked about Smith' reaction, he stated, "Kevan and I are good friends. He was very excited about the offer and he really wants me to commit. He's been riding me for a while about joining the Panthers."

West Virginia, Boston College, Akron and Michigan State have been in close contact with Donny. He would like to attend camps over the summer and make a decision sometime in August.

"I really like Pitt and I'm excited about the offer. I plan on going to Pitt's one day camp for seniors and spending more time with Coach (Paul) Dunn. I'm not ready to make a decision but the Panthers are at the top of my list."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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