McGary Makes The Call (UPDATED)

It was a month of soul-searching for DL/TE Kaleb McGary, but the 6-foot-8, 275-pound big man from Fife came back to where it all began - the University of Washington. Back as early as June of 2012, the Huskies had McGary's heart, and they were even bigger leaders after they offered in October.

But the recruiting process can open eyes, and McGary was wooed by colleges all over the country. Despite offers from colleges like Wisconsin, Washington State, USC, Nebraska and Oregon, McGary announced Monday that he would be staying close to home and attending Washington. He is the 20th known public commitment for first-year UW Head Coach Chris Petersen.

McGary confirmed his commitment to's Marshall Cherrington just moments after talking to all the relevant schools to make his final thoughts known.

"Alright, I'm goin' to UW, just gotta be close to home," McGary told Cherrington. And with that, his college decision was made.

We spoke with McGary later after he had time to think about his decision. "We just sat down and talked about it, when through the pros and cons list, just discussed it amongst ourselves," he said when asked how the family came to the final decision.

With 36 hours to signing day, is there a possibility he could re-think things? "In terms of percentage, I'm 100 percent, but I'm still a little nervous about U-Dub," McGary said. "I like the college and the campus, but they're not an Ag (Agriculture) school. They have a few courses I'm interested in and hopefully they turn out to be what I think they are.

"Unless something astounding happens, this is where I'm sitting. I like the U-Dub, I like the guys that are coming in. I think it'll be hard at first but I think it'll be alright."

McGary mentioned proximity to home as a real motiving factor behind his decision, despite the fact that he still has real questions about living in a big city. "It means a lot, the fact that my family can be there in an instant, being at every game…even practice, if they want to," he said. "It's huge to me. That was one of the biggest things Washington has going for them, and they knew it."

McGary called up Washington State and Wisconsin first to pass along the news of his decision. "I had to tell them the truth," he said, matter-of-factly. "Washington State, if I had more confidence in their academic support and such it probably would have been a different story. Same for Wisconsin; if they were a couple states closer..."

He then called up Chris Petersen to give him the good news. "He was happy…very happy about it," McGary said of the new UW head coach's reaction.

Now that the decision is out of the way, McGary can rest. "I'm really tired," he said with a little chuckle. "I'm worn out. It's a relief but at the same time I'm terrified I won't like it. I'm scared that in picking this as the best one maybe I chose wrong. It's not that U-Dub isn't a good place, I'm just one of those people that is 'What if…' I torture myself that way. It would have been 'what if' for any of the schools."

McGary is the highest-rated 2014 prospect in the state of Washington behind only Bellevue's Budda Baker, who plans on announcing his college choice within the next 48 hours. has McGary rated as the 27th-best offensive tackle prospect in the country, but the Huskies like him on defense at the next level.

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