Our updated story on the commitment of Kaleb McGary to UW:
As much as anything, family is keeping Kaleb McGary close to home.
The 6-foot-8, 285-pound lineman from Fife High School made a verbal commitment to Washington on Monday, becoming the Huskies’ third four-star recruit to make a pledge for the Class of 2014.
“My family is really important to me. That’s something I value greatly,” McGary said.
McGary chose the Huskies over Washington State, Oregon State and Wisconsin, and he had offers from virtually the entire Pac-12.
“In the end, Wisconsin was just too far away,” he said. “UW just kind of won out. Every college is in some way, shape or form had a fault, but UW was kind of the one I could make work best.”
UW’s coaching change in December “was a pretty good-sized monkey wrench” in his plans, McGary said. “But,” he added, “looking past the coaches, I still don’t know much about them, but I know their reputations, and I haven’t heard a bad word about them.”
New UW coach Chris Petersen told McGary he sees him as an NFL left tackle, but McGary has also asked for a chance to play on the defensive line.
“He’s a high-character kid … and he’s got a good work ethic,” Fife coach Kent Nevin said. “He feels a duty and a responsibility to do right by his family first. That’s really important to him.”