University of Washington

Four-star LB Kaho becomes latest All-American to join UW’s 2018 class

Washington added its fourth linebacker for the 2018 class when Reno High (Nev.) star Brandon Kaho committed to the Huskies on Saturday.
Washington added its fourth linebacker for the 2018 class when Reno High (Nev.) star Brandon Kaho committed to the Huskies on Saturday. jbessex@gateline.com

There’s a bit of a pattern developing when it comes to Washington’s 2018 signing class and Brandon Kaho is the latest example.

Kaho, who starred at Reno High (Nev.), flipped his commitment from Brigham Young to UW on Saturday evening. The 6-foot-2 and 232-pound linebacker is a consensus four-star prospect. By Sunday morning, 247 Sports states the Huskies have the No. 1 class in the Pac-12 and the No. 10 class in the nation. Rivals has UW 11th in the nation and are two points away from surpassing LSU for 10th.

Kaho is rated as the No. 2 inside linebacker prospect and No. 32 overall player in the nation, per 247. Rivals views Kaho as the fifth-best inside linebacker for 2018 and the No. 76 player in America.

Adding Kaho does a couple of things for UW.

For starters, he gives the Huskies their fourth U.S. Army All-American commit. Kaho joins defensive end Draco Bynum, running back Trey Lowe and quarterback Colson Yankoff.

Kaho is also the fourth linebacker pledge that Huskies coach Chris Petersen and his staff have received.

UW added two three-star linebackers last weekend in M.J. Tafisi and Zion Tupuola-Fetui. Jackson Sirmon, who is also a three-star commit, was the class’ only linebacker going into December.

Adding a fourth linebacker gives the Huskies much-needed depth going into 2018. UW will lose three linebackers to graduation and now have four commits to make up for the loss.

The Huskies, however, do return quite a bit of experience with players such as Tevis Bartlett, D.J. Beavers and Ben Burr-Kirven among others.

In total, the Huskies could have more than 15 scholarship or non-scholarship linebackers on their roster next season.

With the early signing period starting Dec. 20, there was a belief the Huskies could grab Kaho.

Several schools were showing interest and per 247 Sports, UW was battling Alabama and BYU for Kaho over the last five weeks.

Kaho visited the Crimson Tide on Nov. 4 and is taking his visit with the Huskies this weekend.

Ryan S. Clark: @ryan_s_clark

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