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‘It always has been home’: Why three-star recruits keep turning down scholarships to walk on at UW

Christian Galvan had other choices.

So did Kasen Kinchen, Logan Bruce-Jones, Meki Pei and Isaiah Strong.

All five — considered three-star prospects in the 2020 class by 247Sports — were offered full scholarships to play college football for free. All five could have pursued more direct paths to playing time. And all five, in the end, opted to walk on at Washington.

Needless to say, that’s an expensive decision. Budgeting tuition, housing, food, books/course supplies, transportation and miscellaneous expenses, it cost an estimated $27,638 for an in-state resident and $53,018 for an out-of-state resident to attend UW for the 2018-19 academic year — according to the university’s website.