Wisconsin Goes for 'Country'

Needing to build depth on the offensive line, defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a extended a scholarship offer to four-star Tacoma (WA) Fife Kaleb McGary this week.

To get a sense of Kaleb McGary and his personality, just call him by his nickname.

"They call me ‘big country,'" McGary said.

There is nothing small about McGary or his recruitment. The 6-8, 275-pound offensive tackle for Tacoma (WA) Fife already holds close to a dozen offers from schools like Arizona State, California, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington.

"It is not too bothersome," McGary told Badger Nation of his recruitment. "I like talking to the coaches and they are pretty good guys. It is really kind of cool because I talk to all these college coaches and I have something in common with one of them or I might have more in common with others. It is really going well."

McGary has been gardening interest from all over the country, but got a good surprise when he heard that Wisconsin going to offer him.

"I just like Wisconsin's style of football," McGary said. "It is old-school, gridiron, smash-mouth football. It is not about who hits who or about being careful around anyone. It is about if you have the ball, then my job is to whack you or I'm going to hit you so you can't hit the guy that has the ball. There are a lot of things I like about Wisconsin. I definitely have interest in Wisconsin and think they would be an excellent option."

Wisconsin had success recruiting the state of Washington under Bret Bielema, getting a verbal commitment from Tacoma Baptist offensive tackle Walker Williams in the 2012 recruiting class. With Gary Andersen employing many coaches with West Coast ties, defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a is sticking to the coast.

"I haven't talked to Coach Chad a lot, so that is why I was so surprised by the offer because I got mail from them but never really got to talk to them," said McGary. "We are now in the process of developing our relationship and we will go from here. I do think it is great to learn that a high-level school like Wisconsin thinks you are good enough to play football for them. With them being known as an offensive line factory, I personally take that as a big compliment. It is always great to get confirmation on your abilities and how good they look."

With all the offers rolling in and schools knocking on his door, McGary hasn't settled.

"There is always room to get better," said McGary. "I think that anyone that tells you otherwise is a fool."

As the summer approaches, McGary is hoping to visit Boise State, Oregon and Oregon State and start planning out his five official visits.

"At this point it is not worth it to spend a couple grand on a camp when I already have offers," said McGary. "I was also told that I was invited to the Army All-American Game and should be receiving my official invite soon."

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