Brandon Kaho, the elite linebacker / running back prospect from Reno, is a Dawg.
Position: LB / RB
Measurables: 6’3” 230 lbs
Hometown: Reno, NV
Ranking: 4* / .9442 pts (247 sports), 3* / 78 pts (ESPN)
Some would say that his commitment was meant to be. After all, Kaho was the key contributor who led his Reno high school team to a perfect 12-0 regular season and back to the regional championship after a 14-year absence. The mascot of that team? That’s right, they are the Reno Huskies.
Kaho, who is expected to adopt his given name of Ale Kaho in college, is an immensely athletic 6’3”, 230 lb player. As a ball carrier, he is a physical beast who simply runs through would be tacklers. As a defender, he demonstrates the rare blend of speed and strength that screams “pass rush nightmare” although he has all of the tools to play inside.
Kaho had been committed to BYU for a long time before flipping to Washington. His recruiting took off in a big way last summer after he posted the highest SPARQ scores in his cohort at the Opening camp in Oakland. His efforts made him a national recruit and he received offers from everywhere including Alabama, USC, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas and Notre Dame.
Ultimately, his recruiting came down to BYU, Alabama and Washington. The Cougars were the hometown favorite that provided Kaho a close connection to both his Polynesian and LDS roots. The Crimson Tide connected to Kaho through Tosh Lupoi and offered him the chance to play in an NFL draft pick machine. But the Huskies offered the best of both worlds in a setting that, to hear Kaho tell it, was very appealing to both he and his family.
It is not totally clear in what position UW will play Kaho once he arrives. His athleticism and versatility might make him best suited as an inside linebacker. However, he has the tools to become a high-impact player as a BUCK and could evolve into a player in the same mold as a Daniel Te’o-Nesheim from years ago. In a pinch, Kaho may well become a Shaq Thompson kind of player as a fill-in tailback.
Oh, and did I mention that he is an excellent kicker / punter? Gravy.