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Sunday, February 10, 2013
2014 OL recaps Washington's junior day

By Mason Kelley

At 6-foot-8, 273 pounds, Kaleb McGary (Fife, Wash./Fife) is easy to spot.

But, during Washington’s junior day on Saturday, the offensive lineman caught the attention of coaches and prospects because of what he was wearing, specifically the large cowboy hat that is one of his trademarks.

“Yeah, the coaches and quite a few of the guys there were admiring my hat,” McGary said. “It was an item of interest.”

In addition to drawing attention, McGary enjoyed the experience.

Kaleb McGary
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“They did a great presentation,” McGary said. “I enjoyed myself quite a bit. They took us on a tour of everything from the dorm rooms to the weight room to the stadium.”

McGary, who has scholarship offers from half the Pac-12, has recently been drawing interest from Florida State. He is in no hurry to pick a school and plans to take all five official visits his senior year before making a decision.

However, he said Washington is high on his list.

“It’s kind of tough to answer,” McGary said. “I do like UW and they are high on my list, but I’m not crossing anyone off the list yet and I’m looking at lots of other places too, and there are still places I would like to hear from that I really haven’t heard much from yet.”

Wherever he ends up, football will give him an opportunity to receive a college education.

“It’s meant a lot, honestly,” McGary said. “There’s quite a bit riding on me being able to attend college on a scholarship, because we would have had trouble paying for the kind of education I’ll end up receiving wherever I go. It’s meant a lot to know that, now, regardless of what happens -- provided I don’t do something stupid -- I will get to have a Division-I, high quality education.

“That’s kind of been my dream to get to for a long time, from Day 1. Even if I don’t make it to the big leagues, I’ve made it a goal to get to college. I’m proud of the fact that I’ll be the first male in my family to go to college. It will be a neat thing.”