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National signing day: Meet the newest UW Huskies on defense, anchored by a deep defensive line

Jacob Bandes, Faatui Tuitele and Trent McDuffie are all top-100 recruits nationally.

The Washington Huskies on Wednesday announced the addition of 20 recruits on National Signing Day, in a class ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 and No. 13 nationally by 247Sports.com.

Get to know the new Huskies on defense:

Defensive line

Jacob Bandes, DL, 6-2, 315, Pittsburg HS, Antioch, Calif.

Bio: Credited with 137 total tackles and 14 sacks during his three years on the Pittsburgh varsity team … as a senior, helped lead the Pirates to a 7-4 overall record and the semifinals of the North Coast Section Open Division playoffs … named the Defensive Player of the Year for the Bay Valley Athletic League in 2018 … named to the All-Bay Area team as a junior in 2017, when he was also his league’s overall MVP … listed by 247Sports as the No. 32 overall prospect in the nation, the No. 5 defensive tackle and the No. 6 recruit in California … ESPN’s No. 47 overall prospect and No. 6 defensive tackle.

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Noa Ngalu, DL, 6-1, 280, Menlo-Atherton HS, East Palo Alto, Calif.

Pac-12 recruiting rankings


Team,247Sports,Rivals
Arizona,53,62
Arizona State,38,35
Cal,34,31
Colorado,52,61
Oregon,8,5
Oregon State,69,67
Stanford,16,21
UCLA,56,60
USC,23,34
Utah,66,78
Washington,12,17
Washington State,50,44


Bio: Three-year starter at Menlo-Atherton, spending time at defensive tackle, offensive guard and running back … helped the Bears win the 2018 and 2016 CIF Central Coast Section Open I titles and to the Division 3-AA CIF State Football Championship Bowl in both 2018 and 2016 … 2018 MVP of Peninsula League-Bay Division … through 13 games as a senior, recorded 54 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, six sacks and a defensive touchdown … 2017 Peninsula League – Bay Division All-First Team after being credited with 63 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and six sacks as a junior … amassed 104 total tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in 15 games as a sophomore … selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl following his senior year … listed by 247Sports as the No. 30 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 72 recruit in California.

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Sama Pa’ama, DL, 6-5, 325, Kaimuki HS, Honolulu

Bio: Named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s all-state first team in 2018 … committed to play in the Polynesian Bowl … played defensive tackle, offensive line and even kicked for Kaimuki … as a senior, helped Kaimuki to a 10-3 record and the semifinals of the Division II HHSAA Football State Championships … named 2018 KHON2 Olin Kreutz Award winner for Lineman of the Year in Hawai’i … played for Damien High School as a freshman and moved to Samoa before returning to Kaimuki as a sophomore … … selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl following his senior year … ranked by 247Sports as the No. 22 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 5 recruit in Hawaii … a member of ESPN’s top 300 (No. 297) overall prospects in the nation, as well as the No. 13 offensive guard in the country and No. 4 recruit in Hawaii.

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Faatui Tuitele, DT, 6-3, 304, St. Louis HS, Honolulu

Bio: Helped lead St. Louis to a perfect 12-0 record and 2018 HHSAA Division I state championship, the Crusaders’ third-straight title … named the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, the first St. Louis player to earn the honor since Husky-to-be Wilson Afoa won it in 2002 … one of five finalists for Polynesian high school football player of the year … 2018 KHON2 Marcus Mariota Player of the Year and an All-American Bowl selection … earned IHL Open Division all-star first team (2018, 2017, 2016) … 2018 MaxPreps preseason second-team All-America … 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State and 2017 MaxPreps First Team Junior All-American … listed by 247Sports as the No. 68 overall prospect in the nation, the No. 6 defensive tackle and the No. 1 recruit in Hawaii … the nation’s No. 40 overall recruit and No. 3 DT, as well as the No. 1 player in Hawaii, according to ESPN

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Linebackers

Laiatu Latu, OLB, 6-4, 272, Jesuit HS, Sacramento

Bio: Played outside linebacker and tight end at Carmichael … as a senior, credited with 94 total tackles, including 29.5 tackles for loss … also caught 13 passes for 272 yards in 2018 … helped team to a 7-6 overall record and the semifinals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division 2 playoffs … as a junior in 2017, had 65 tackles, including 17 for loss and 12 sacks … named the Delta League’s co-All-Purpose Player of the Year as a junior … ranked the No. 112 overall prospect and No. 6 weakside defensive end in the nation by 247Sports … ranked in ESPN’s top 300 and rated the nation’s No. 122 overall recruit and No. 4 DE by Rivals.com

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Bralen Trice, OLB, 6-3, 220, O’Connor HS, Phoenix

Bio: Credited with 16.5 sacks in two seasons with the Eagles … in seven games as a senior made 27 tackles and two sacks … capped his junior season with 75 tackles and 14.5 sacks, which includes a final game of posting 15 tackles, six for loss, four sacks, five pass deflections and two fumble recoveries in 61-22 win over Glendale Mountain Ridge … listed by 247Sports as the No. 36 weakside defensive end in the nation and the No. 8 recruit in Arizona … ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 20 WDE in the nation and the No. 6 prospect in his state.

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Josh Calvert, ILB, 6-1, 227, Oaks Christian HS, Oak Park, Calif.

Bio: Played quarterback, linebacker and safety at Oaks Christian, seeing action on the varsity in all four of his years … as a senior, threw for 1,337 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also rushing for 344 yards and seven scores … also had 70 total tackles as a senior … named Marmonte League co-Linebacker of the Year as as a senior … in 2018, led the Lions to a 12-1 overall record … advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs before suffering their lone loss … as a junior, credited with 71 tackles, while also passing 1,448 yards and nine TDs, with 427 yards and five touchdowns rushing … named the CIF Southern Section Division 2 co-Defensive Player of the Year as a junior, when he was also the Ventura County Coaches Association MVP … ranked by 247Sports as the No. 236 overall prospect in the nation, the No. 15 inside linebacker and the No. 33 recruit in California … listed as the No. 15 ILB in the country and No. 40 player in California by Rivals.com … ESPN’s No. 24 OLB and No. 34 prospect in his state … also played varsity baseball for the Lions.

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Alphonzo Tuputala, ILB, 6-2, 249, Federal Way HS

Bio: Lettered three years for the Eagles, playing middle linebacker and fullback … All-North Puget Sound League Valley Division first team at linebacker … second-team all-area selection by the Tacoma News-Tribune … MVP of Huskies Rising Stars camp in June 2018 … named to the NPSL Olympic Division first team as a junior  … selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl following his senior year … listed by 247Sports as the No. 41 inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 9 recruit in Washington … ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 8 prospect in Washington … the No. 28 ILB in the country and No. 9 prospect in the state, according to ESPN … played for coach John Meagher.

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Miki Ah You, ILB, 6-0, 207, Kahuku HS, Laie, Hawaii

Bio: Missed the majority of his senior year due to injury … named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser all-state first team as a junior in 2017 … also named to the USA Today All-Hawai’i first team in 2017… as a junior, helped Kahuku to an 11-2 overall record and the OIA championship … advanced to the Open Division state championship game … also went 11-2 and made the Open Division championship game as as sophomore in 2016 … named second-team all-state as a sophomore … selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl following his senior year … listed by 247Sports as the No. 26 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 6 recruit in Hawaii … grandson of Canadian Football League and Arizona State Hall of Famer Junior Ah You

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Kamren Fabiculanan, S, 6-1, 183, Westlake HS, Camarillo, Calif.

Bio: Played at Westlake as a junior and senior, after having begun high school at St. Bonaventure High … recorded 44 tackles and two interceptions in seven games as a senior … named the Marmonte League co-Defensive Back of the Year in 2018 … helped lead the Warriors to a 7-4 overall record and a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs as a senior in 2018 … as a junior in 2017, helped Westlake to a 9-3 overall record, notching 76 total tackles and one interception … named to the All-Ventura County first team as a junior … Warriors advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs … saw action on the varsity as a sophomore at St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.), earning first-team All-Marmonte League … rated by 247Sports as the No. 216 overall prospect in the nation, the No. 22 cornerback and the No. 29 recruit in California … last name pronounced Fah-BICK-u-LAWN-in.

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Trent McDuffie, CB, 5-11, 187, St. John Bosco, Westminster, Calif.

Bio: Spent three years on the varsity at St. John Bosco … as a senior, led St. John Bosco to a 13-1 overall record … advanced to the championship game of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs in 2018 … returned a blocked punt for a TD in the title game … team finished the year ranked No. 3 in the nation by USA Today … 37 tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a senior … 50 tackles, two picks and three fumble recoveries as a junior in 2017 … in 2017, team went 12-3 and made it to the CIF-SS Division 1 championship game … ranked No. 3 the country following the 2017 season … as a sophomore, helped the Braves to a 13-2 mark, the Southern Section Division 1 championship and a win over De La Salle in the Open Division state championship … finished the 2016 season ranked No. 2 in the nation … ranked the No. 66 overall prospect and the No. 8 cornerback in the nation, and the No. 19 recruit in California by 247sports.com.

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Cameron Williams, S, 5-11, 183, Bakersfield HS, Bakersfield, Calif.

Bio: Played both quarterback and safety for three seasons at Bakersfield … in 37 career games, threw for 3,396 yards and 32 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,054 yards and seven scores … guided Drillers to 9-4 record and semifinals of the Division I Central Section CIF championships in 2018 … threw for 1,221 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 534 yards and four more scores as a senior … a PrepStar All-American … listed by 247Sports as the No. 31 safety in the nation and the No. 51 prospect in California.

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Specialist
Timothy Horn, PK, 6-2, 206, Punahou HS, Honolulu

Bio: Here’s a review of Horn from Chris Sailer Kicking:

Tim is a fantastic kicking prospect. He is a big time athlete with one of the strongest legs in his class. Kicks with excellent technique and consistency. He hits a big time D1 ball off the ground. He is smooth accurate and has 55+ yard range. Kickoffs are strong, D1 ready. He drives the ball deep with big hang time. Also a capable punter. Tim is a great competitor that does his best under pressure. He has proven time and time again that he is one of the very best. A fine young man that is always a pleasure to work with. Look for Tim to dominate the 2018 off season and pick up multiple D1 offers. Phenomenal prospect.

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Note: Bio details provided by GoHuskies.com.

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