Visiting McGary a different kind of 4-star OL

FOUR-STAR OL CALEB McGARY is not your typical prospect, and not just because he's 6-8, 280 and holds a ton of offers. Many times when recruits take official visits, their first questions are about the dorms, the potential for early playing time, etc. Not McGary. He's tripping to Washington State this weekend and at the top of his fact-finding list is something altogether different…

Fife's McGary wants to most find out this weekend about Washington State's alumni network as it pertains to life after football.

"Because at some point football will end, be it 5 or 50 years from now," said McGary.

A while back, WSU had mostly moved out of his orbit. But WSU o-line coach Clay McGuire kept in contact, and the landscape has changed.

"They were off my radar just a little bit," said McGary. "But with all the changes at (Boise State, UW), and with Leach and his staff, they have pulled a complete 360 from where they started (in terms of winning) so they're really a place worth taking a look at, whether I end up there or not. I want to be sure I didn't miss anything before and I want to learn as much about them as I can.

"I've been in contact with Coach McGuire pretty much continually. And I let him know when they were off my radar because I was going to be honest with them. But we stayed in fairly close contact, we talked once or twice a week, and once the whole thing with UW and Boise State hit there was time to rethink and reevaluate. And they have been very constant, very forthcoming with me as well."

McGARY HAS OFFICIALLY VISITED Oregon State already, he's out on the Palouse this weekend and said he'll visit Wisconsin and Washington in January with dates to be determined. He said he may also still visit Boise State in January, who cancelled his trip amidst their coaching change.

The Beavers have made a strong impression on McGary, he said. It's a long ways between now and Signing Day and McGary said he has no plans to make his final decision until after at least his fourth official visit in January. At the same time, he doesn't want to take it longer than necessary, saying he wants the schools he doesn't choose to be able to move on and get their guys.

"It's an ‘I'll know when I know' kind of thing. But even if I ‘know' before my final visit, I'll take all of them and make sure I look at all the options. And then I'll decide and then announce… but I don't want some other kid to miss out or for that school to miss out," said McGary.

HEADING INTO WSU, the Cougs look to have some ground to make up. In addition to his feelings on Oregon State, McGary was very frank in his conversation with on how he wasn't a fan of the way former Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian left UW for USC. But the local school is still one that's very familiar to him.

"If I had to put someone at the top at the moment it would probably be (Oregon State and Washington), not necessarily because they are ‘more awesome' than anyone else, it's just because I know the most about them," said McGary.

WSU AND MOST schools are backloading their in-homes with McGary. He said various schools' coaches have been coming by Fife the past couple of weeks but he's had only one living room visit since the in-home period began, with UW's Justin Wilcox and Tosh Lupoi coming by just before the Huskies' coaching change.

McGary is ranked the No. 26 prep offensive tackle prospect in the nation. The towering prospect is nicknamed "Big Country." He was recently named first team SPSL 2A on both offense and defense as well as the league's Defensive Lineman of the Year.

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