Cranberry natives (and best friends) Brandon Fusco and Don Barclay will be on opposite sides of the field when the Green Bay Packers take on the rival Minnesota Vikings.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
For the second time in a month, two graduates of Seneca Valley High School will play against each other in one of the NFL’s biggest rivalries. Brandon Fusco, a 2005 graduate, and Don Barclay, a 2006 graduate, both are starting offensive linemen in the NFL. On Dec. 30, they will play on opposite sides of the field when the Green Bay Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings. Fusco and Barclay didn’t just go to the same high school together. They were best friends and grew up just five houses apart from each other in Cranberry. After their high school graduation, Barclay went on to play for West Virginia University. Fusco played center at Slippery Rock University. Fusco made his first career start during the first game of the 2012 season for the…
The outside linebacker is a senior at West Virginia University.
The Orange Bowl will be the offensive lineman's last college game.
The three-year starter for one of the top teams in the Big East is among the best offensive lineman in the nation.
As a sought-after offensive lineman at Seneca Valley preparing for the college recruiting process, Cranberry native Don Barclay had a few schools interested in him, but as he began the next chapter of his football and academic career, one thing remained important to him: home. "I really wanted to stay close to home," Barclay said. "I was looking back home at Pittsburgh. I got offered by N.C. State and looked at a couple of other Big East schools and MAC schools." Instead, the Seneca Valley grad opted for West Virginia University. With its perch as one of the top teams in the Big East Conference and just a 90-minute drive from him hometown, it was a perfect fit for Barclay and his family. Barclay’s parents, Don and Dana Barclay, haven't …