The Huskies' standout defense is making another big play. This time, Washington coaches are making a strong push for what would be the biggest recruit they've ever landed.

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The Huskies’ standout defense is making another big play.

This time, Washington coaches are making a strong push for what would be the biggest recruit they’ve ever landed: five-star outside linebacker Mique Juarez.

Juarez is making an official visit to the UW campus on Monday (he later posted this photo on Twitter posing in a UW uniform). A 6-foot-2, 226-pound senior at North Torrance (Calif.) High School, Juarez is rated a five-star recruit by Scout, 247sports and Rivals, which ranks him as the No. 5 overall prospect in the nation.

UW coach Chris Petersen routinely downplays the recruiting star rankings, but landing the first five-star recruit of his career would come at an especially good time as the Huskies lose both of their starting outside linebackers after this season, with both Travis Feeney and Cory Littleton both set to graduate from the program.

In 2016, the Huskies will return the nucleus of a defense that finished the regular season this year ranked atop the Pac-12 in most categories, but the appeal of potentially playing early at outside linebacker could be a factor for Juarez.

Juarez is also being recruited by USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, BYU and others. He had previously made a verbal commitment to USC but backed off that when the Trojans fired Steve Sarkisian in October.