An 'Awesome' Trip for McGary

Looking to add one more offensive lineman to its 2014 recruiting class, Tacoma (WA) Fife offensive lineman Kaleb McGary says it's a "definitely possibility" that he commits to Wisconsin.

MADISON - An admitted homebody, Tacoma (WA) Fife offensive tackle Kaleb McGary admitted from the start it would take an amazing experience to pull him away from playing close to home in the Pacific Northwest. He got that during his three days on the campus of Wisconsin.

"I enjoyed every bit of it," McGary told BadgerNation. "It was a lot of fun. I learned a lot. There were a lot of things I didn't know that I got to find out. It was awesome, to be completely honest."

The most important thing the 6-8, 280-pound four-star offensive tackle found out was that the Badgers have a habit of putting offensive linemen into the NFL. Currently, UW has eight former linemen in the NFL, including six who have been taken in the last three NFL drafts.

"I knew that they were an o-line factory, but I didn't realize the extent," said McGary. "I didn't realize the entirety of Wisconsin. I didn't realize how high up that University is in just about everything. It was kind of an eye opener for me as far as the level at which they operate."

Rated the No.27 offensive tackle by Scout.com, McGary tried to visit once over the summer while in the state for an AAU basketball trip, but that visit was blocked by the NCAA. McGary appeared to write off the Badgers until he was visited by defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a and offensive line coach T.J. Woods.

"When the NCAA put a squash on my visit, it was kind of hard to see my visit (to Wisconsin) happening," said McGary. "I knew Wisconsin was a great school and worth coming out to see, but I didn't realize how nice of a school it was." While not being able to experience a home football game, McGary got a sense of the passionate fan base by attending the Wisconsin-Michigan basketball game Saturday, his first day on campus.

"The fans are involved," said McGary, who was hosted by offensive lineman Dallas Lewallen. "I love the chants they direct at the other team. I love the chanting."

Getting a chance to bond with a couple of the players, McGary said his conversation with Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen sold him on the program's philosophies.

"He didn't really talk to me about what they wanted out of me, but just talked about his beliefs, his staff's beliefs and their priorities," said McGary. "He was very big on me understanding that they value the players over everything, even the game itself. He wanted to make sure I understood that.

"Outside of football, if there's personal issues going on or something happening in life, he wanted me to know that the players can come to him at any point in time about anything, him and his whole staff. He, coach Chad (and) coach Woods have had players call them early in the morning or late at night. It was really cool."

Having already visited Oregon State and Washington State, McGary's officials will wrap up with a short trip to Washington this weekend and Arizona State the weekend before signing day.

"When I know I'll know," said McGary. "I don't have a date (to announce) yet. Hopefully before signing day so the colleges will have some time. I am going to take as long as it takes."

After his weekend in Madison, can McGary see himself at Wisconsin?

"It's a possibility," said McGary. "It's definitely a possibility."


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