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4-star LB Brandon Kaho flips from BYU to Washington

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The prize of BYU’s 2018 recruiting class will be headed elsewhere.

NCAA Football: Brigham Young at Fresno State Kiel Maddox-USA TODAY Sports

BYU’s 2018 recruiting class has already suffered multiple defections leading up to the early National Signing period. And now, they’ve suffered their biggest one yet.

According to Blair Angulo of 247 Sports, the prize of BYU’s recruiting class and their lone four-star recruit, linebacker Brandan Kaho, has flipped to Washington:

By every metric, Kaho was a big-time recruit. 247 Sports had him rated the 129th prospect in the country, the 5th ranked inside linerbacker, and the 4th ranked player from the state of Nevada. Kaho sported offers from virtually every big time program, despite BYU being an early player in his recruitment, as schools like Alabama, Stanford, Notre Dame and UCLA all showed interest.

Without Kaho, not only does BYU not have any blue-chip recruits in the 2018 class, but per the 247 Sports Composite, they don’t have a single commitment in the national top 500.

Losing a player like Kaho, taken in a vacuum, isn’t a shock or necessarily even a big problem. It’s tough to win on on one recruiting battles with a team that recently went to the college football playoff, especially when your team went 4-9 last season. But Kaho isn’t the only player to leave BYU’s 2018 class this cycle:

The early signing period starts on Wednesday. There’s still time to add players, but as it stands right now, BYU’s 2018 recruiting class is not where it needs to be to compete with the teams on their coming schedules.