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Kaleb McGary played tight end and defensive line in his final two seasons at Fife High School in Tacoma, Wash., was the 23rd-ranked offensive tackle in the 2014 recruiting class and was recruited by former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian as a defensive lineman.
One week after Chris Petersen was introduced as Sarkisian's replacement in December 2013, McGary visited Washington, where Petersen said he saw the four-star recruit as an offensive lineman. McGary, however, wanted to play defense.
"He didn’t make a big deal of it,” McGary recalled in August 2016 after he tried defense for two years before switching to offense. “He was like, ‘you know what? Go for it. If you do well, and that’s where you decide your heart really is and you want to stay, then we’ll leave you there.’ And he let me.”
Now, he's an All-Pac-12 First-Team offensive tackle with 33 career starts and the best No. 58 in college football.
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