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Originally published February 3, 2014 at 9:49 PM | Page modified February 3, 2014 at 9:53 PM

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UW gets commitment from four-star Fife lineman Kaleb McGary

The 6-foot-8, 285-pounder chooses Huskies over Washington State, Oregon State and Wisconsin.

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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 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 also wants the option 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.”

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