UW announces signing of seven new additions to defense and special teams.

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The Huskies announced the signing of 18 recruits to National Letters Intent on Wednesday. Here are profiles from the eight new additions to UW defense and special teams:

Defensive lineman
6-6, 276, Edmonds-Woodway HS, Edmonds

UW bio: Named first-team all-area by the Everett Herald and first-team All-WesCo 3A/2A South as a senior … also made the USA Today All-Washington first team … Warriors went 6-4 and earned a berth in the 3A state playoffs in his senior season in 2016 … credited with 76 tackles, including eight sacks, as a senior … named first-team All-WesCo 3A South as a junior in 2015 … team went 6-4 in 2015 … second-team All-WesCo 3A South on the offensive line as a sophomore in 2014 … also played basketball at E-W … named a “red-chip recruit” by the Seattle Times … rated the nation’s No. 34 strongside defensive end by 247sports.com … rivals.com ranked him the No. 27 strongside end and No. 8 prospect in the state … ESPN.com’s No. 76 defensive end prospect.

Quote: “When he walks in a room, this is what you want your D-linemen to look like.” — Pete Kwiatkowski, UW co-defensive coordinator

Outside linebacker
6-1, 247, East HS, Salt Lake City

UW bio: Plans to take an LDS mission and enroll at UW in 2019 … First-team 4A all-state in 2016 … attended East High as a senior after having attended West High prior to that … led the Leopards to a 14-0 record and the state’s 4A championship as a senior in 2016 … East out-scored opponents 694 to 240 … credited with 98 tackles and 23 sacks as a senior … 61 tackles as a junior at West High … also played on the varsity at West as a sophomore and freshman … played in the Polynesian Bowl following his senior year … rated as the No. 54 defensive end in the nation by scout.com … listed as the No. 26 strongside DE and No. 10 player in Utah by 247sports.com … rivals.com lists him as the No. 70 athlete recruit in the nation … ESPN.com’s No. 74 defensive end and No. 9 player in Utah

Quote: “The physicality he will bring, he’ll fit right in with the Dawg pack here. … He can inside and outside ‘backer. He has the tools you would know from Azeem Victor.” — Ikaika Malloe, UW defensive line coach

Outside linebacker
6-2, 202, Folsom (Calif.) HS/Reno, Nev.

UW bio: Named to the USA Today All-California first team as a senior … also first-team All-Sac-Joaquin Section and first-team All-Sierra League… first-team All-NorCal … as a senior in 2016, helped the Bulldogs to a 12-2 overall record and a berth in the championship game of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs … credited with 65 total tackles and 6.5 sacks as a senior … in 2015, led Folsom to a 14-1 record and the Sac-Joaquin Section championship … lone loss came in the Division I-AA state championship semifinals … played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior season … ranked the No. 29 outside linebacker in the nation by 247sports.com and No. 28 by scout.com … ESPN listed him at 39th at his position … rivals.com’s No. 42 overall outside linebacker.

Quote: “This guy can rush the passer, stop the run. He’s going to be another one of the greats at our outside linebacker position.” — Bob Gregory, UW linebackers coach

Outside linebacker
6-5, 238, Hazen HS, Renton

UW bio: Earned North Puget Sound League Defensive Lineman of the Year and Seattle Times all-state in 2016 … named to the USA Today all-state team (all levels) as a senior … named to Seattle Times all-area team in 2016 … first-team All-NPSL at both defensive line and tight end in 2016 … played four years on the varsity as a defensive lineman and tight end … named a “red-chip recruit” by the Seattle Times … ranked by scout.com as the No. 134 defensive end in the country … 247sports.com’s No. 48 strongside linebacker recruit … the No. 40 strongside OLB, according to rivals.com … ESPN’s No. 50 defensive end prospect … also played basketball and baseball at Hazen.

Quote: “Another big-time athlete out of Washington. … He’s going to be rushing the passer, setting that edge and getting after quarterbacks in the Pac-12.” — Kwiatkowski

6-0, 191, Orange Lutheran HS, Orange, Calif.

Pac-12 recruiting class rankings

Team,Scout,Rivals,24/7 Arizona,46,35,45 Arizona State,44,52,36 Cal,64,78,72 Colorado,29,33,35 Oregon,16,22,20 Oregon State,43,43,49 Stanford,24,18,14 UCLA,21,20,19 USC,5,5,4 Utah,33,25,37 Washington,23,23,22 Washington State,39,50,43

UW bio: First-team All-Orange County from the Orange County Register as well as first-team All-Trinity League as a senior … credited with 71 tackles and three interceptions as a senior, when the team earned a berth in the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs … also caught 29 passes for 299 yards as a senior … deflected a two-point conversion pass attempt to seal a win over JSerra and also had two interception returns for a touchdown in a win over Servite in 2016 … as a junior in 2015, made 114 total tackles and also 464 yards on 50 carries (9.3-yard average) with 25 receptions for 388 yards … earned All-Orange County and first-team All-Trinity League as a junior Lancers made the quarterfinal round of Southern Section Pac 5 Division playoffs in 2015 … 66 tackles as a sophomore in 2014 … rated the No. 225 overall prospect and No. 22 safety in the nation by scout.com … ranked as the No. 28 corner and No. 253 overall recruit by 247sports.com … rivals.com’s and ESPN’s No. 25-ranked safety.

Quote: “He’s athletic, he can cover, he can blitz, he can tackle, has a knack for getting the ball, and I’m very excited to coach Brandon McKinney.” — Jimmy Lake, UW co-defensive coordinator

5-10, 181, West Linn HS, West Linn, Ore.

UW bio: Earned first-team 6A all-state at cornerback and second-team at running back as a senior … also first-team All-Three Rivers League at both positions and first-team USA Today All-Oregon at defensive back … helped lead the Lions to a 14-0 record, including five wins in the 6A state playoffs in 2016 … won the 6A state title with a 62-7 win over Central Catholic in the championship game … rushed for 702 yards on just 59 carries (11.3-yard average) and 10 touchdowns in 2016 … also caught 19 passes for 249 yards and six TDs and notched three interceptions … as a junior in 2015, helped lead West Linn to a 12-2 mark and a berth in the 6A state title game, where the Lions fell in a seven-point loss … earned first-team All-Three Rivers League on both sides of the ball as a junior … rushed for 1,071 yards and 17 TDs on 106 carries and had 476 receiving yards and six TDs on 28 receptions in 2015 … in 2014, the Lions went 8-3 and advanced to the state’s 6A quarterfinals … rushed for 784 yards on 110 carries, with nine rushing TDs as a sophomore … also had 38 receptions for 542 yards and seven TDs in 2014 … ESPN.com listed him at No. 213 overall and as the No. 19 cornerback in the country, and as the No. 2 prospect in Oregon … ranked the No. 151 overall recruit and No. 17 cornerback in the country by scout.com … 247sports.com listed him at No. 2 in Oregon, No. 25 in the nation at cornerback and No. 193 overall … rivals.com’s No. 27 cornerback … second-oldest of eight children of Alex Molden, a member of the University of Oregon Hall of Fame and an eight-year NFL cornerback.

Quote: “One of the most instinctive players I’ve evaluated on tape thus far in my career. … He’s already at the college level in terms of his knowledge of the game. You combine that with his athleticism, his speed and his toughness, and he’s going to be a big-time player for us.” — Lake

6-3, 189, Servite HS, Long Beach, Calif.

UW bio: Earned first-team All-Trinity League at cornerback as a senior … second-team Orange County Register All-County in 2016 … missed much of his junior season … played at St. John Bosco as a sophomore in 2014 … a standout sprinter with a personal best of 10.89 in the 100 meters during his junior season … played in the Polynesian Bowl following his senior year … PrepStar All-West Region … named to the Tacoma News-Tribune’s Western 100 … rivals.com ranked him the No. 13 corner and No. 138 overall prospect in the nation … listed by 247sports.com as the No. 27 cornerback and No. 248 overall prospect in the country … the nation’s No. 32 cornerback recruit, according to scout.com.

Quote: “Keith Taylor has a few attributes you cannot coach: He’s 6-3, 189 pounds. We’ve been fortunate to get some long corners the last couple years and Keith is going to be one of the big-time ones to step in and replace a guy like Kevin King.” — Lake

6-4, 215, Santa Barbara (Calif.) JC/Neerim South, Victoria, Australia

UW bio: Enrolled in classes at UW in January … Listed as a freshman on UW’s roster … Played at Santa Barbara City College as a freshman in 2015, when he replaced fellow Aussie Mitch Wishnowsky, who won the Ray Guy Award for Utah in 2016 … earned first-team SCFA All-American Division Pacific League and all-state Region IV … did not play in 2016, essentially redshirting the season … punted 47 times for a 37.6-yard average and had 23 of 47 punts downed inside the 20, with just three touchbacks … opponents managed just nine punt returns for 47 yards over the season … grew up playing rugby in Australia.

Quote: “This guy is a weapon. He can do a lot of different things for us. He can sky kick it, cross kick, rugby kick it. This guy’s going to be fun to watch.” — Bob Gregory, UW linebackers/special teams coach