Washington Football linebacker Brandon Kaho Bumped Up To 5 Star

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Washington Football head coach Chris Petersen has his first five-star recruit, linebacker Brandon Kaho, and that’s a huge deal for the Huskies

The Washington Football team had a great 2018 recruiting class. And it keeps getting better. Linebacker Brandon Kaho found himself upgraded to a five-star prospect by 247 Sports.  Initially, his commitment stood as a big win for the Huskies, and it just got even bigger.  Brandon Kaho is now a five-star prospect. As such, he officially becomes the top-rated prospect under Washington Football head coach Chris Petersen. This comes at a time when inside linebacker is one of the team’s biggest needs.

You see, Connor O’ Brian, Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria have moved on. In their wake, there will be roster spots to fill and playing minutes to absorb. There is no doubt whatsoever that Kaho has the skills to step in and earn playing time, perhaps even a starting role. There are questions about the linebacker depth chart, which makes his commitment that much bigger.

Linebacker Depth

Washington Football linebacker Camilo Eifler, another highly touted prospect, hasn’t seen consistent snaps yet. He has all the tools and potential to play a huge role, but that upside has not yet translated into production on the field. Still, his 2017 season was notably “light years better” per linebackers coach Bob Gregory. He has a chance to put it together this summer and step in next year. Brandon Wellington will probably see some more snaps next year. He will be competing for an increased role with Eifler and D.J Beavers. Beavers played very well when he was able to get on the field over his first two years. That will be a very interesting position battle to watch come camp time.

A Big Win

Kaho is the biggest recruit to flip to the Washington Football team since Budda Baker, and should have a similar impact. This recruiting win might go unnoticed by some of the national media, but this is the biggest recruit flip of the year. Kaho was originally a BYU commit, and also had offers from Alabama, Texas and Tennessee. The Alabama offer should speak to his potential. He earned it last summer after a week at the Nick Saban Football Camp. A Reno Nevada native, Kaho’s election to remain on the west coast and play for Washington is a huge endorsement to the football program.

Elite Skill Set

Kaho is the type of player who can step in and start right away, and this just makes his commitment that much bigger.  In fact, the pairing of his arrival alongside that of linebacker M.J. Tafisi could be the beginning of an incredible linebacking tandem for the Huskies.  While Tafisi unloads powerful tackles, Kaho is lightning-fast.  Those characteristics are leading to a pre-arrival nicknames of Thunder and Lightning.  And that speed helped elevate Kaho to the elusive fifth-star.

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Not only has he been bumped up to a 5 star prospect, he is now the number one inside linebacker prospect in the country. Do you hear true freshman starter? That has a nice ring to it. In (well, now) Jimmy Lake’s defense, he will work really well. The Huskies need to find a way to rebound from the loss of Keishawn Bierria, and need to prepare for the impending departure of Ben Burr-Kirven. Kaho is an elite tackler, with the range to play sideline to sideline. He clocked a 4.68 40-yard dash at the Saban Camp. All of that will fit incredibly well in a Husky defense looking for a leader in the middle.