Syracuse’s atmosphere was ‘amazing’ says elite 2025 NJ ATH DJ McClary

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One of the most sought after 2025 recruits in New Jersey is Snyder (NJ) High athlete DJ McClary.

Even though he’s only a sophomore, he’s already racked up Power 5 offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, Ole Miss and Boston College.

It’s easy to see why. In a win over Newark Central this past week, he rushed 25 times for 301 yards and four touchdowns. He also stars on defense as a linebacker.

“My football season is going well,” McClary said. “(I’m) second in the state in rushing yards and top 20 in tackles.”

After his dominant performance, he traveled up to Central New York to take in No. 18 Syracuse’s 24-9 win over No. 13 NC State in a packed JMA Wireless Dome. The win vaulted the Orange to No. 14 in both the Coaches and AP Polls, the highest SU has been since 2001.

It left an impression on McClary.

“The atmosphere was amazing,” McClary said an an interview with The Juice Online. “The fans were very supportive and loud.”

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The sold out crowd of 49,705 watched receiver Oronde Gadsden II catch 8 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense led by Linebacker Mikel Jones held the Wolfpack out of the endzone.

“They never play down to the competition,” McClary said.

It’s early in McClary’s recruitment and more offers will certainly continue to roll in. Until then, the Syracuse coaching staff will continue to stay in touch with him.

“The coaches talked to me about what I’d rather play, like offensive or defensive,” McClary said. “They would love to see me (play at Syracuse).”

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