Big Potential

West Virginia will likely take four offensive linemen in the football recruiting class of 2007, which explains the number of big high school bodies that visited the WVU campus this spring.

One of those players on campus last weekend was Seneca Valley offensive tackle Donny Barclay of Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, Pa. Barclay, who has tackle proportions at six feet, five inches and 282 pounds (not to mention a timed 5.1 40-yard dash effort at a Scout.com combine), was making his second trip to WVU, and came away with a number of good impressions of the Mountaineer program. He got a lot of face time with the West Virginia coaching staff, which was an important factor for him as he checks out potential schools.

"I was at West Virginia on the junior day they had on March 25, and I thought it was nice. They have one of the biggest weight rooms around, and they are making everything new there. They are using everything they have to get better.

"They really got after it during the scrimmage. I got to talk to Coach Rick Trickett for a long time, and also coach Herb Hand and coach Tony Gibson. Coach Trickett, I like him a lot. We have good conversations, and it's easy for us to talk."

Barclay, who has visited and holds an offer from North Carolina State, figures to get more offers as the summer camping season gets underway. He has already visited Pittsburgh, Maryland, Ohio State and Akron, and is scheduled for two more combines this spring before embarking on his summer camping season. It's during that time when he expects more offers to come in.

"West Virginia hasn't seen me on tape yet, but they want me to come down for a day of their summer camps so they can watch me in person," said Barclay, who is using this period before his senior season to gather as much information as possible about his potential college destinations. "I will definitely be going to WVU, and am also looking at Pitt, Akron and Boston College for camps too."

Barclay, who says he is still "wide open" when it comes to a college choice, plans to use the combines and camps as his audition to show his abilities to as wide an audience as possible. Thus, the busy summer season for the well-spoken lineman, who also played defensive end last year as a junior, but who expects to move to an inside defensive line spot this year.

Playing in an offense that leaned to the pass last year, Barclay got a good bit of work on his pass protection. His quick feet helped in that regard, but he still likes pounding the ball on the ground.

"I think my run blocking is good. I take pride in that," he said of his strengths. "I think I have good quickness off the ball, too. I'm not worried about playing in a particular style of offense in college, because I definitely enjoy both styles of blocking. What's the most important to me is having a good bond with the offensive line coach."

Even with his big frame, Barclay is realistic about his college career, and notes that a move to the inside could be on the horizon.

"I want to work on my pulling this year," he said of one of his goals as a senior. "Even though I play tackle now, I could play guard at the next level. I will probably move inside on the defensive line this year, so that could happen on the offensive line in college."


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