NEW: 4-star OT prospect is big Riley, OSU fan

FOUR-STAR OL CALEB McGARY says he thinks the world of Mike Riley and the OSU staff. And it's also clear the official visit he took to Corvallis last month still resonates. Indeed, if you ever needed a better case on how recruits and fans see college football wins and losses differently, look no further than 4-star OT Kaleb McGary (6-8, 280) out of Fife High in the Evergreen State.

"I can honestly say I have an incredible amount of respect for Oregon State and Mike Riley and the coaching staff," said McGary. "They are some most of the genuine people I've met, not to say that other coaches aren't. But… Oregon State is the kind of place you can go and just feel good about being there."

Now consider that McGary's official visit to Oregon State was the weekend of Nov. 23.

Yep, he officially visited the weekend Oregon State got waxed every which way by the Huskies to the tune of 69-27, far and away the worst game of the season.

Yet while the outcry the following week from BeavFans and alums after that loss climbed to a fever pitch and beyond, McGary instead talks about how his trip and the OSU recruiting efforts this season have led him to become a huge fan of Mike Riley, Mike Cavanuagh, Jay Locey and assistant director of player personnel Ryan Gunderson.

"Coach Riley and his staff have done an excellent job and I think they'll be there for a long time – I just can't say enough about the love and respect I have for that staff," said McGary.

McGARY TAKES HIS second official visit this weekend to Washington State 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 had cancelled his earlier scheduled trip amidst their coaching change.

In addition to his strong feelings on Oregon State, McGary said he definitely wasn't a fan of the way Steve Sarkisian left UW for USC, but that the local school is still one very familiar to him. And that counts for something.

"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.

SCHOOLS ARE backloading the bulk of their in-homes with McGary until January. He said coaches have been coming by his school the past couple of weeks but he's had only one in-home in his living room since the visitation 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. A towering offensive tackle prospect, he's 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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