McGary Talks Final Three

Dawgman.com spoke Friday afternoon with Fife DL/TE Kaleb McGary, and the larger-than-life McGary has had about as much of the recruiting process as he can stand. With roughly 200 messages and 50 phone calls - mostly unanswered - the past week, the 6-foot-8, 275-pound McGary will huddle up with his family and coaches and come out of the weekend with a college decision. At least that's the plan.

"Actually I thought about putting (my phone) in front of my car and then running it over," McGary told Dawgman.com Friday. "I've come close to doing that twice. There have been points where in my head it's like, sorry but I'm done taking calls for the day."

So what is the plan for McGary as he pushes through the final hours and days to Wednesday's signing day? "I'm going to sit down and talk with my parents this weekend and hopefully have a decision by Monday," he said. "That's not a for sure, 100 percent thing. But I want to declare as soon as possible to give players and everybody a chance at something. I'm not a glory hound. I don't need attention drawn to me, I don't need a hat dance. I want to get what I deserve and I want everyone else to get what they deserve. This whole thing isn't just about me."

Do his parents have a school in mind for their son? "They've been very open about it and have brought up points about all the colleges - pros and cons," McGary said. "It has been very truthful and honest."

What's been the hardest part for McGary as he struggles with his eventual college decision - one that will most likely come in the next 72 hours? "Just the uncertainty," he said. "There's no way to tell 100 percent…and I'm not one of those guys that likes uncertainty. I like certainty, set in stone, this is what happens. It's by far the biggest decision I've ever had to make. I'm going off the radar for a few days."

Even though it is his final decision, it has already impacted a lot of colleges and many coaches - a fact that hasn't escaped McGary's attention. "The last part hasn't been that much fun, especially when you have a couple of people and coaches you've built a relationship with…and it hurts a little," he said. "Those are the kind of people I'm drawn to, people that want to take and share knowledge. Usually they are genuine people. It hurts to tell people that you like so much no coach, but I don't know if I'm going to go there. It sucks. It really does. It's probably been the worst part of this whole thing - having to make cuts and telling people no."

Washington, Washington State, and Wisconsin are the three schools McGary will choose from. Here were his quick capsule thoughts on all three.

Washington - "New coaches, good coaches. I have never heard a bad word about any of them. They are going to be a powerhouse, I think. When Petersen has a year or two I think they will be competing for a national title."

Washington State - "Great, genuine people - very friendly. Coaches that are pushing for a change. It would be a great place to be."

Wisconsin - "(Madison) is just about the perfect college town. The fans are fanatics, they are good, genuine people. And they are good at football."

Any final thoughts he wants people to know? "I want to thank everyone that's been by me for their support," said McGary. "There's a lot to this that isn't easy. It's time consuming and it's very hard. It is a lot of fun sometimes, and I know I'll get what I deserve, but I don't want to step on a lot of toes doing it. I want to handle this right and with the same amount of respect. I want to walk through this world right and like you're supposed to."

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