WSU RECRUITING: The always compelling McGary

FOUR-STAR O-LINE PROSPECT Kaleb McGary out of Fife isn't a good interview, he's a great interview. Ask the 6-8, 280-pound bulldozer a direct question and you can bet your bottom dollar you'll get a direct answer. So let's cut to the chase, is there one school he's leaning towards?

"I wouldn't say there's a leader," said McGary. "And I'm still definitely going to wait until I take all my visits to decide.

"But UW, Oregon State and Wazzu are my leaders at this point. And I'm still very much looking at Arizona State and Wisconsin."

McGary has visits scheduled to Wisconsin on Jan. 17, Washington on Jan. 24 and he said it's highly likely he'll visit ASU on Jan. 31.

He has already tripped to the two other schools in his top three, Washington State and Oregon State.

McGary, who has been offered this recruiting cycle by Oregon, USC and virtually the entire Pac-12, said his decision will ultimately come down to the potential upside he sees for himself at a school.

THE CURRENT RECRUITING DEAD PERIOD runs through Jan. 15 -- the first day in-home visits can start back up is Jan. 16. McGary said all three of his top schools – WSU, OSU and Washington – have told him they plan to come see him on the 16th, (some or all of those visits are likely to be at his school.)

"All three of them want to come in on the same exact day. So that will be interesting," he said with a laugh.

McGary said he had also spoken on the phone to coaches from all three this week, including WSU area recruiter Eric Russell.

"I talked to Coach Russell specifically at Washington State," said McGary. "He's a good guy, and I like him, Coach (Clay) McGuire and Coach (Mike) Leach quite a bit.

"Oregon State, I actually talked with them (Monday). It went great, I spoke with (Mike) Cavanaugh and Coach (Mike) Riley. I love them to death, they're great guys, love ‘em."

"(Chris) Petersen and (Pete) Kwiatkowski at Washington, kind of the same thing, just checking in, confirming my official visit, they thought the 24th would be best… and talking about wanting to visit me next Thursday."

McGARY CHECKS IN at 6-foot-8 and 280 pounds. He is ranked as the No. 26 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.

But could a guy that tall still wind up at defensive end at the next level?

"I would love to play d-line, d-end specifically, (hand) down -- I'd love to play d-end," said McGary. "Washington State has made it apparent I could play on either side of the ball for them even though they initially were recruiting me as an o-tackle, and still are mostly. I still hear from the d-line coach, he made it clear he would be more than happy to have me try out for his defensive line. And then Washington would also like me to play defensive end for them -- that's the position they're recruiting me for."

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McGary and crew out on the hardcourt recently knocked off No. 8 Sumner. McGary scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

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