Fife's Kaleb McGary ‘loved' WSU trip

KALEB McGARY, A 4-STAR offensive tackle prospect out of Fife, says that his decision to officially visit Washington State this weekend might have been the best decision he's made all recruiting season. To put it succinctly, how did his crimson experience go? "I loved it," McGary said.

Kaleb McGary (6-8, 280) couldn't pick out just one thing about Washington State after his official visit out on the Palouse.

"The whole thing stood out… things have turned, things are improving like (the WSU coaches) said they would," said McGary. "They're following through with what they said.

"I loved it, it was a good time -- it was one of the best decisions I've made throughout this recruiting process to come back and visit Washington State. I enjoyed myself thoroughly."

Headed into his Wazzu official, McGary had told if he had to name leaders, it would probably be Oregon State and Washington and in part because he was so familiar with those schools. Has anything changed following his visit to Washington State?

"I'll tell you what, Washington State is right in the mix. I liked everything. And I liked it quite thoroughly," said McGary.

McGary had said previously no matter what happens, he'll take at least two more visits in January, to Wisconsin and Washington and he reiterated that Sunday.

"But Washington State is right in the mix -- I am impressed and very interested (in WSU). I think they are as good a place to be as any… It looked like fun, it looks like a fun place to be," said McGary.

McGARY SAID HE also got the answers he was looking for on his top question coming in; the strength of the alumni network at Wazzu when it comes to life after football.

"They're much more involved in that than I thought, they try to be very sure to help all of their players (if they don't go pro) to end up with (a good life) after football so they're not out there, like, flipping burgers at fast food joints," said McGary.

McGary said he got in some quality time with his potentially future position coach, Clay McGuire, and that he also enjoyed his time with area recruiter Eric Russell, d-line coach Joe Salave'a and others.

"I am immensely glad I decided to go and take another hard look (at WSU.) And I came away very pleased and very happy," said McGary.

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL focus now turns to the bowl games, with recruiting's official visits and the in-home visitation period about to take a pause until after the New Year. McGary is on board with that.

"Oh, I am gone, I am going to be off the radar and if I could I'd pack up a trailer and disappear into the mountains, if I could I'd leave for a month," he quipped.

McGary then said he'd probably continue to talk to the WSU coaches as he has been, once or twice a week over the coming holiday stretch. Recruits are allowed to place a call to coaches at any time during the year.

McGary is ranked the No. 26 prep offensive tackle prospect in the land by and is aptly 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, with more senior year awards certain to come.

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