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2018 Recruiting: Jamal Bey commits to University of Washington

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The three-star winger decided to skip his official visit to Gonzaga.

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2018 Gonzaga Bulldogs recruiting target Jamal Bey committed to the University of Washington Huskies yesterday, in a somewhat surprising move, even for their fanbase.

The Zags offered Bey a scholarship spot a couple of weeks ago, and he was set to arrive on an official visit in Spokane during Kraziness in the Kennel. Bey, rather than wait and see what Gonzaga had to offer, decided to commit to the Huskies, who have been on his recruiting trail for quite some time.

Before you begin to lament the failure of the recruiting profile of the school at the moment, it is important to take note of the timelines involved. The Huskies offered Bey well over a year ago (and he took an unofficial visit in June), and the Zags were just recently involved in the mix — late enough where Bey had already said he was leaning between the Huskies, USC, and UNLV.

Already, people are keeping track on recruits “missed out” on, but don’t chalk this one up in that column. Gonzaga was always facing an uphill battle on Bey, and the Bishop Gorman connection was only going to go so far. If Bey didn’t even wait for his official visit before he decided, it just goes to show that the Zags were never really in the running.