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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #53, OL Garth Barclay

When a 34 pound weight gain is actually good

NCAA Football: Western Michigan at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Garth Barclay

Position: Offensive line

Year: Freshman

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 284 lbs

Hometown: York, Pa.

High School: York Suburban

2020 stats: Appeared in two games last year for the Orange.

2021 projections: The tackle spots seem secure right now but Barclay can battle for the second-string as he continues to add strength. He committed at 250 pounds and many wondered how he’d last as an ACC lineman but the extra time could pay major dividends in the future.

How’d he get here?: Barclay picked Syracuse over offers from schools such as Virginia, Temple, Bowling Green and Buffalo

What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars all around and he was rated as a top 15 player in Pennsylvania

Money quote: It was clear when Garth signed that he was thinking long-term when he told the York Daily Record why he chose the Syracuse Orange

”One of the things I’m looking for is great academics. I want the ability to play the best football at the school with the best academics.”

Twitter feed: @garthbarclay

Tweets of wonder: Garth looks like he’d be at home hanging around Matsumoto Shave Ice on the North Shore of Oahu

What movie would Dino recommend for him?: This year Dino goes with “Taxi Driver” which features actress Garth Avery in a supporting role. The movie is of course known for Robert DeNiro’s performance as Travis Bickler and Dino will probably enjoy complaints from the OL of Garth sitting in film sessions saying “You talkin to me?” repeatedly.

Interesting nugget o’interest: Garth played close defense for the York Suburban lacrosse team so if Dave Pietramala’s reading this make a note just in case a need arises.

Let’s get a look at ya: Let’s look at the footage Syracuse showed during Signing Day