"I had talked with him a few times and I had talked to some of the other coaches on Facebook," McGary said. "Coach Greatwood came up to my school, we were talking and he asked me if I would be interested at all in going to Oregon. I said 'sure'."
McGary said that Greatwood was impressed by his athletic ability, his movement in space and the fact that he was mild mannered and humble. Despite having several offers from schools like Oregon State, Washington, Arizona State and Cal, McGary said the feeling of receiving an offer from a top-tier school is exciting.
"I still get that little kid ear-to-ear grin," McGary said. "It's always a great feeling for me knowing that I'm considered good enough to go play at a school like that. It's one of the top schools in the nation. They have very high standards for their players and who they choose. It was pretty cool knowing that they considered me that caliber of a player."
For McGary, the chance to play football at the FBS level is something that he has strived for since his youth, but the chance to go to college has a bigger meaning as a whole.
"My whole dream as a little kid was to get to college on scholarship and be the first male in my family to get a college education," McGary said. "I'm doing just fine knowing that, provided I don't screw up or do something really stupid, I will get to go somewhere for college and I will have a college education. That's been my whole goal for forever, even if I don't make it to the NFL, which is where I'd like to end up. Nothing is guaranteed."
McGary plans on taking a look at several schools this spring, in addition to attending some camps.
"Me and my dad are trying really hard to get down there to get down there and hit a lot of the Pac-12 schools that have offered me like Oregon State, Oregon, Cal," McGary said. "We definitely plan on getting down there for a junior day or a spring practice or a game or something like that."
While he is already being tracked by a majority of the Pac-12, there are still some schools showing interest in the big man.
As far as picking a favorite at this point, McGary said he's in no rush.
"I wouldn't call anybody a favorite at this point," McGary said.
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