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Washington Huskies 2016 National Signing Day: Punter Van Soderberg is a Husky!

Soderberg will immediately challenge for playing time as the Huskies look to replace graduated punter Korey Durkee.

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With Korey Durkee's graduation following the 2015 season, the Chris Petersen knew that he would have to go back to the recruiting well to help replace the man whose 43.6 yards per punt ranked third in the conference. Presumably he has done just that by signing 6-0, 200 lb. punter Van Soderberg out of Capitol High School in Olympia, whose letter of intent just rolled into the University of Washington's offices.

Though top-ranked punters are much differently evaluated than similarly-ranked every-down offensive and defensive players, Husky fans are no doubt pleased with's evaluation of Soderberg, as the recruiting service tabs him as the nation's ninth-best punting prospect and No. 2 in the West. Soderberg committed to the Huskies in August 2015, and has remained solid ever since.

Check out the highlights of Van's senior season below, courtesy of Hudl.