- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
After growing up in a small town, Kaleb McGary isn’t used to a lot of attention. It has taken a while for the 6-foot-8, 273-pound junior (Fife, Wash./Fife) to get comfortable hearing from college coaches.
But, while there has been a bit of an adjustment, he isn’t complaining, especially when that attention leads to invitations to join Pac-12 programs.
Earlier this week, after calling Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, the Huskies became the second school to offer McGary a scholarship.
“We’ve researched you a ton,” McGary said, recapping what Sarkisian told him. “We’ve watched your film. We like you a lot and we’re going to offer you a scholarship to go play at the University of Washington. We think you’d look good in purple and gold.”
A lifelong Washington fan, it was a big moment for the 2014 prospect.
“I have been a Husky fan ever since I can remember,” McGary said. “My family has been UW fans. They’ve always been on my top list of colleges to shoot for. It’s really cool to have them offer me a scholarship to go play. It was awesome.”
McGary, who plays tight end for the Trojans but projects to an offensive lineman in college, also holds an offer from Oregon State.
“It’s pretty cool so far,” McGary said. “I definitely like both colleges.”
But he isn’t in a hurry to make a decision.
“It’s just kind of up in the wind right now,” he said. “I’m not going to commit till senior year, but it’s definitely cool to have those two looking at me.”
It hasn’t been an easy year for McGary, who moved from the small town of Amboy, Wash. to Fife before the start of the school year. He has adjusted to a new school, coaches and teammates. He is figuring out where he fits and seeing success.
“It’s been a rocky road and it’s really nice to see some of the hard work pay off,” he said.