2024 offensive lineman Paul McClune from Twin Valley (PA) High took in Syracuse’s dominating 59-0 win over Wagner on Saturday night, and liked what he saw.
“I enjoyed the game very much,” McClune said in an interview with The Juice Online. “Especially watching the O-Line dominate.”
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The offensive line was exactly that against the Seahawks, as running back Sean Tucker rushed for a career-high 232 yards to go with three touchdowns in the win. His backup, LeQuint Allen, also topped the 100-yard mark, going for 112 and a TD.
“The atmosphere in the Dome was amazing,” McClune said. “It was electric even when the backups were in.”
Part of the reason for that is because Syracuse improved to 5-0 on the season, the first time they’ve done that since 1987. They are currently ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coach’s Poll, and may move into the AP Poll next week, where they currently sit 30th.
“I understand why they are a top team in the nation,” McClune said. “It all starts from the enthusiastic coaching staff and the culture.”
Aside from Syracuse, McClune has drawn interest from Pitt, UConn, and Bowling Green, among others. The schools appreciate McClune’s versatility, as he plays both offense and defensive line for Twin Valley.
McClune plans on staying in touch with the SU coaching staff.
“The message from the coaches,” he said, “was that the culture, people, and experience here is like no other.”