Kaleb McGary, a rising star in the class of 2014, has finally made a decision on where he will play college football. The skilled offensive tackle has chosen to take his talents to the Washington Huskies.
Lars Hanson of 247sports.com had the news:
Tacoma (Wash.) Fife DL Kaleb McGary has committed to #Washington. Huge instate pickup for Chris Petersen— Lars Hanson (@LarsHanson) February 3, 2014
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, McGary is a 4-star prospect with tremendous size. The 6’7”, 270-pound behemoth is capable of lining up at a number of different positions on the field as well.
McGary has been playing tight end for Fife High School in Washington, but analysts at both 247Sports and Rivals believe he is best suited for the offensive tackle position at the next level.
Assuming that head coach Chris Petersen uses McGary along the offensive line, it appears the Huskies have just nabbed a rock-solid talent who will bolster their pass protection and running game.
Washington was fortunate enough to sway McGary to its program. A number of top-tier universities were gunning for his talents and extended an offer, a prestigious list that included Wisconsin, Washington State, Oregon State, Boise State, Cal, Nebraska and USC, among others.
It’s easy to see why he was drawing so much interest. Per 247Sports, he’s regarded as the No. 21 offensive-tackle prospect in the country and the second-best recruit in the state of Washington in the class of 2014.
Much of his potential success hinges on his ceiling and upside. McGary is already incredibly strong and has the potential to grow even more. His tall but massive frame makes him an ideal offensive-tackle talent, although he will have to adjust to life as a regular blocker on the line
Will McGary make a successful transition to OT?
Fortunately, many of the skills he honed as a receiving tight end will be still be applicable during this position switch. McGary is incredibly nimble and agile for a prospect his size, with long arms and flexibility that will help make the change a natural one.
It will almost certainly take a redshirt season for McGary to become comfortable at the tackle position, but it will be worth it. While fans likely won’t be seeing him playing under the bright lights of Husky Stadium until 2015, he should become a valuable asset to the Huskies' line in a hurry once he’s on the field.