After Ale Kaho transferred to Alabama, the commitment of Joshua Calvert looms large for Washington Football
The Huskies have seen spectacular play out of arguably the nation’s best linebacker this season, Ben Burr-Kirven. But Birr-Kirven and number two middle linebacker Tevis Bartlett both graduate this season, so they have to look into replacements beyond this season. DJ Beavers and Brandon Wellington are next up on the depth chart, but they’re both seniors next season.
Calvert is an exciting player for Southern California powerhouse Oaks Christian, who plays both sides of the ball. He’s shown off a ton of athleticism, playing quarterback as well as linebacker. He’s thrown for almost 1,000 yards this season and four touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 338 yards and six more TD’s.
Defensively, Calvert is second on his team in tackles with 48 total. He has four tackles for loss, two sacks, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. Calvert joins Alphonzo Tuputala as the inside linebacker commits of the 2019 class, which is currently ranked 21st in the nation by 247 sports.
Calvert might redshirt next season, but he has a chance to play. There will be questions with Beavers and Wellington, but beyond there the depth chart is wide open. Jackson Sirmon and Zion Tupuola-Fetui are the two names that stand out, but they’re it for the Huskies. An injury and a good training camp could push Calvert into action sooner. Washington is still looking for another linebacker, and are still heavily in the mix for 4-star outside linebacker Henry To’oto’o.